Who was ‘Venona's’ ‘Ales’? cryptanalysis and the Hiss case

  title={Who was ‘Venona's’ ‘Ales’? cryptanalysis and the Hiss case},
  author={Eduard Mark},
  journal={Intelligence and National Security},
  pages={45 - 72}
  • E. Mark
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • Law
  • Intelligence and National Security
One of the most notable messages in ‘Venona’ is No.1822, which the NKGB's Washington station sent to Moscow on 30 March 1945. As the message describes an agent of the GRU who circumstantially resembles Alger Hiss, it has strengthened the position of those scholars who have argued that Hiss was a Soviet spy. John Lowenthal, Hiss's lawyer, urges that an alternative reading of No.1822 exonerates his client. A review of the evidence shows that factual considerations exclude Lowenthal's reading of… 
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