Rosenberg Witness Harry Gold Gave Varying Accounts

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More testimony released Friday from the spy case against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg suggested further inconsistencies between what a key witness told the grand jury and what he testified to at trial.

The 1950 grand jury testimony of Harry Gold, an admitted courier in the case, was released in response to a suit by the National Security Archive and several historians and journalists.

Lawyers say it is not unusual for witnesses to remember additional details or even different versions of events between their initial testimony and the trial months later. But in the super-charged controversy over this case, every detail has been seized upon by one side or the other as evidence of the Rosenbergs’ complicity or of a miscarriage of justice...

Testifying to the grand jury on August 2, 1950, according to the transcripts released Friday by the National Archives, Gold said that when he met Julius Rosenberg’s brother-in-law, David Greenglass, an Army machinist who was working on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, N.M., Gold introduced himself by saying: “I bring greetings from Ben in Brooklyn.”...

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