Radosh/Rosenberg File

JKSCHW at aol.com JKSCHW at aol.com
Fri Oct 13 19:12:08 PDT 2000

I confess not to having read The Rosenberg Files, being allergic to post-left Radosh in large doses. However, I will point out that espionage was indeed a capital crime in the 40s and 50s, and for all I know may still be, technically, today. So if JR spied for the USSR, he committed a crime punishable by death under then-existing law. The Verona evidence is pretty strong that JR was a Soviet spy: Walter and Miriam Schneier, who proved (to my satisfaction) that the FBI framed the Rosenbergs--it appears, now, that they did so because they didn't want to reveal the Verona source--accept that JR was guilty of espionage. Whether he, or anyone, should have been executed for that, or anything else, is another story. The Verona evidence also exonerates ER as a spy. She was prosecuted, apparently, ti pressure JR into confessing. If she knew about and aided JR's activities, she might have been technically guilty under accomplice liability as a co-conspirator or for aiding and abeeting, which makes you, in law, guilty of the underlying crime. To what extent Radosh says this, I don't know. --jks

In a message dated 10/13/00 6:29:07 PM Eastern Daylight Time, ggeboski at hotmail.com writes:

<< The upshot of "The Rosenberg Files" is that:

1) Based on the voluminous documentation presented in the book, Ethel

Rosenberg in all likelihood did not commit the crime for which she was

executed, and may not have even consciously spied for the USSR;

2) Based on the voluminous documentation presented in the book, Julius

Rosenberg in all likelihood did not commit a capital crime, but he was a spy

for the USSR;

3) The arrest, trial, and execution of the Rosenbergs was justified and was

in fact a triumph of American justice, and people on the Left who still

criticize it are simply refusing to face reality, and are hopeless dupes at

best, if not outright apologists for treason.

Now, the only way I see 1) and 2) implying 3) is by accepting an unstated

assumption something like the following: Julius deserved death because he

was a Soviet spy, and Ethel deserved death because she loved a Soviet spy. >>

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