98-Year-Old Fights to Clear McCarthy-Era Felony Stigma

, New York Law Journal

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The 98-year-old retired math teacher who walked into the Manhattan federal courthouse on Monday says she has never forgotten that she is a convicted felon.

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  • Steven

    I certainly hope that justice is done for Ms. Moskowitz. What that is may be difficult to discern. This is from a review of her book, Phantom Spies, by Harvey Klehr and John Earl Haynes (coauthors, with Alexander Vassiliev, of Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (Yale University Press)):

    [Moskowitz‘s] troubles began with Brothman, a chemical engineer who had covertly supplied the Soviet Union with industrial information for years via Harry Gold. She and Brothman were lovers, even though ‘he was devoted to his family.‘ Gold broke a cardinal rule of espionage tradecraft, going to work for Brothman after serving as his courier. And although Moskowitz insists that the only information Brothman supplied to Gold was his own intellectual property and was not secret, the KGB was livid at Gold, correctly surmising that Brothman’s relationship with Elizabeth Bentley, a Soviet spy who had defected, would lead the FBI to him and then to Gold. When the two men were called before a grand jury in 1947, they concocted a story and lied; when Gold was arrested in 1950 and confessed, Brothman and Moskowitz (who had backed up Brothman’s lies) were convicted of conspiracy to obstruct justice, for which she served two years in prison.

    "Phantom Spies reads as if it were written in the 1970s, the high tide of revisionism when, in the intellectual world, it became fashionable to hold that everything done in the anti-Communist era after World War II had been mistaken, fraudulent, hysterical, and destructive. None of the evidence that has emerged in the last 30 years appears to have intruded into Miriam Moskowitz’s world."

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/very-cold-war_550401.html?nopager=1

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