Alger Hiss/Whittaker Chambers by Justin Jones


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1950s

Alger Hiss (November 11, 1904 – November 15, 1996) was a U.S. State Department official involved in the establishment of the United Nations. He was accused of being a Soviet spy in 1948 and convicted of perjury in connection with this charge in 1950. Although new evidence has added a variety of information to the case, Hiss's guilt or innocence remains controversial.

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Chambers was the guy that turned him in. He said that Hiss gave a classified document to the USSR in 1937 and Chambers witnessed this. His sues Chambers for slander. But when before HUAC Chambers says he has proof of his claim but must take the committe to it b/c of his safety (threats).... so he takes the HUAC to were he hid the proof- Pumpkin Patch- inside a big pumpkin.

But Hiss couldn't be convicted on this b/c 10 yrs had passed since he did it. (Statue of Limitations had run out)
But he was put in jail on perjury. (lying)

This is the actual video of the Senate hearing involving Alger Hiss:

http://www.unitedstreaming.com/videos/21524/sec14616_256k.asf