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On This Day… The Manhattan Project And A Soviet Spy!

Written by: George Chittenden : 18 Jun 2019

It was on this day, 9th December, back in 1950 when an American man was sent to prison for passing information about the top-secret Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union. Harry Gold admitted that he’d been involved in espionage since 1934 and in the late 1940s became a Soviet agent.

Gold’s arrest was part of a massive FBI investigation into Soviet espionage, particularly the theft of atomic secrets. Working as a research chemist, Harry Gold made the acquaintance of British atomic scientist Klaus Fuchs. Fuchs worked at the Los Alamos laboratory on the Manhattan Project, the top-secret U.S. program to develop an atomic weapon.

Under interrogation Gold confessed to serving as a courier between Klaus Fuchs, who stole top-secret information on the atomic bomb, and Soviet agents. Gold was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment and was paroled In May 1965 after serving just under half his sentence.

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