Rosenberg Grand Jury Files Released

Published on the George Washington University GWU.edu, by the Natuional Security Archive, September 11, 2008.

Ruth Greenglass Testimony Directly Contradicts Central Trial Charge against Ethel Rosenberg – Grand Jury Records Describe Greenglass Handwriting, not Ethel Typing, But Prosecutors Said Ethel “struck the keys, blow by blow, against her own country”: Newly Released Grand Jury Transcripts Now Available, Update: September 11, 2008.

Washington, D.C., September 11, 2008 – The Julius and Ethel Rosenberg grand jury transcripts released today as the result of legal action by the National Security Archive and a coalition of historians directly contradict the central charge against Ethel Rosenberg in the atomic espionage prosecution that J. Edgar Hoover called “the case of the century,” according to experts who analyzed the documents today …

… The release of the previously secret transcripts resulted from a successful law suit filed by the National Security Archive and several historical groups and historians almost eight months ago. The National Archives and Records Administration today released transcripts from 41 of 45 witnesses’ appearances before the grand jury between August 1950 and March 1951, providing key insights into the early Cold War period.

A chronology of the Rosenberg case is available here.

A list of all the witnesses and a description of their identity is available here.

The petitioners who won the lawsuit to unseal the Rosenberg grand jury records include the National Security Archive at George Washington University, the American Historical Association, the American Society for Legal History, the Organization of American Historians, the Society of American Archivists, and New York Times reporter Sam Roberts. The petitioners are represented by David Vladeck of the Institute for Public Representation at the Georgetown University Law Center, who also served as counsel on the successful Hiss grand jury petition, and Debra L. Raskin, at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard in New York.

Significant Witnesses: … (full text).

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