April 7, 2011
IF IT'S ANY COMFORT...:
Rosenberg Son Says Father Was Guilty of Spy Charge (SAM ROBERTS, 4/07/11, NY Times)
The younger son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg acknowledged on Wednesday that his father deserved to have been convicted of the legal charges that led to his parents’ execution.
“Yes, he was guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage,” Robert Meeropol acknowledged in an interview. “But what the prosecution did from the very beginning was constantly emphasize, ‘These people stole the greatest secret known to mankind.’ The formal charge got lost in the shuffle.”
“There are lots of atomic bomb secrets,” he added, “but the reason there was a death penalty was because it was the secret. That’s a qualitative leap.”
...they'd have deserved the death penalty even if they were only collaborating with the USSR by sending them the New York City phone book. Heck, the claims by their supporters that they were innocent did more damage to America than the actual treason did.
Posted by oj at April 7, 2011 1:44 PM