Julian Wadleigh

Julian Wadleigh

Henry Julian Wadleigh, was an economist and employee of Dean Acheson in the United States Department of State in the 1940s. He was an economist in the Trade Agreements Division, for eleven years and was sent to Turkey and Italy and other countries as United States representative. Wadleigh secured a transfer originally from the Department of Agriculture to the State Department at the request of Soviet intelligence.


During the trials of Alger Hiss, Wadleigh admitted CPUSA membership. He also admitted that he had stolen classified documents while working in the State Department on behalf of Soviet intelligence. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Tells Hiss Jury He Channeled Up to 500 U. S. Documents to Soviet in 1936-37 |url=http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00611FE345F177B93CBA91789D95F4D8485F9 |quote=Henry Julian Wadleigh, named with Alger Hiss by Whittaker Chambers as one of his two sources of State Department documents for a pre-war Soviet spy ring, testified yesterday that he had channeled up to 500 State Department papers into Soviet hands in 1936 and 1937. |publisher=New York Times |date=December 9, 1949 |accessdate=2008-07-02 ]

At the trial of Alger Hiss, Hiss' attorneys attempted to pin the blame on Wadleigh for supplying Hiss's handwritten and typewritten notes to a courier for transmission to the Soviet Union.

(The statute of limitations on espionage in 1948-1950, the period of the Hiss Case, was three years, and the events in question had occurred no later than April 1938, when main witness Whittaker Chambers defected from the Party and went into hiding with his family.)


Further reading

* Alexander Vassiliev’s Notes on Anatoly Gorsky’s December 1948 "Memo on Compromised American Sources and Networks"

External links

* [http://www.hungarian-history.hu/lib/romsics/w17.htm "Wartime American Plans for a New Hungary: East European Boundary Problems"]

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