It was the most notorious spy case of the Cold War — the conviction and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union — and it rested largely on the testimony of Ms. Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, whose name to many became synonymous with betrayal.We like that unnamed, 'to many'. Which refers, for the uninitiated, to many Communists. What was it exactly that Mr. Greenglass--who stole the secrets of constructing an atom bomb while working on it at Los Alamos during WWII--did for the true believers (according to the McFadden article) to accuse him of betrayal. Not to betray his country to Stalin, but;
Mr. Greenglass admitted passing secrets to Mr. Rosenberg, but refused at first to implicate his sister [Ethel]. But just before the Rosenberg trial, Mr. Greenglass changed his story. Told that Ruth had informed F.B.I. agents that Ethel had typed his notes, he supported his wife’s account and agreed to testify against his sister and her husband.Yes, that's it. The charge is not that Greenglass framed an innocent sister, but that he agreed with his own wife's testimony that it was his sister, and not his wife, who typed the secrets up for the greatest mass murder the world had seen up to that time, Joseph Stalin. To the paper of record, that's news.