Rosenberg trial testimony unsealed after 63 years

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Spencer

2015-07-20 15:52:33

The transcript of secret testimony central to the Rosenberg spy trial of 1951 has been unsealed.

The 46 pages detail the testimony of David Greenglass, whose sister Ethel Rosenberg and brother-in-law Julius Rosenberg were executed by the US for giving atom bomb secrets to the USSR. 

In the transcript, Greenglass states on two occasions that he and his sister never spoke about relaying secrets to the Soviets. The disclosure may further the belief that Ethel was wrongly sentenced to death.

Greenglass spent close to 10 years in jail as part of a plea deal following his testimony. 

The transcript is now available online courtesy of the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

It was unveiled following a long campaign by David Vladeck, a Georgetown University law professor. 

Greenglass died last year.

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