Ales and Alger Hiss

In Cecil’s column on the Rosenburgs, he mentions the “Ales”/Alger Hiss connection. While, as Cecil points out, the weight of evidence points to Hiss being a spy, the “Venona” connection identifying him as Ales is really a red herring.

[This page makes the argument that Hiss was innocent, partly by taking apart the “Venona Connection.”

Now, the author admits that he was a firend of Hiss’, and that he’s an NYU professor, which suggest he may be biased, but his arguments are referring directly to the relevant [URL=http://www.nsa.gov/venona/venon00006.cfm]Venona papers](http://homepages.nyu.edu/~th15/lowsoviet.html), compared to Chambers’ testimony. The rest of the argument involves assassinating the character of Whitaker Chambers (He was a homosexual and received treatment for mental illness at one point, apparently.), but I think he pretty effectively demolishes the case that Ales was Hiss.

Sorry, I must have deleted something important. That post should have looked like this:

This page makes the argument that Hiss was innocent,

Now, the author admits that he was a firend of Hiss’, and that he’s an NYU professor, which suggest he may be biased, but his arguments are referring directly to the relevant Venona papers,
compared to Chambers’ testimony. The rest of the argument involves assassinating the character of Whitaker Chambers (He was a homosexual and received treatment for mental illness at one point, apparently.), but I think he pretty effectively demolishes the case that Ales was Hiss.