DIRECTORYourgrau, Tug
TITLESecrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies
RUNNING TIME60 minutes

This documentary NOVA film details the infiltration of the Manhattan Project by Soviet spies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) efforts to break the secret Soviet code that led to the U.S. government’s identification of several of those spies. Using Soviet documents made available after the fall of the Soviet Union and declassified U.S. government documents, the film broadly describes the massive Soviet spy ring that penetrated the U.S. government at all levels during World War II. Particular focus is placed on nuclear spies, such as Klaus Fuchs and especially Ted Hall. Using the Soviet messages decoded during the VENONA project, which was instigated by the U.S. Army's Signal Intelligence unit, later carried on by the National Security Agency (NSA), with decrypts analyzed by the FBI, the film also minimizes Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s level of involvement in Soviet espionage. In addition, the film illustrates how the Soviets coded their messages and how the VENONA project broke that complicated code. The scenes also include interviews with former FBI agents and government officials, a close associate of Ted Hall, and historians of the Cold War.

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