CREATORPBS
TITLESecrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies
URLhttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/venona/
HOMEPAGEhttp://www.pbs.org/
DATE PUBLISHEDJanuary 2002
DATE ACCESSED2 March 2017


This is a companion website to Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies, a 2002 PBS program on atomic spies and the Venona project, which was the effort of the United States government in the 1940s to decode encrypted Soviet intelligence messages. That decoding effort revealed that some of the nuclear scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project were Soviet spies. The website contains declassified copies of four Venona cables along with interviews and background information on the activities of some of the atomic spies whom the project uncovered, including Theodore Hall, Klaus Fuchs, Harry Gold, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, and Saville Sachs. Another section of the site discusses other famous spies of the twentieth century, such as Mata Hari and Alger Hiss. The site also presents some of the strategies used by actual "codebreakers," then offers users the opportunity to try their own hands at decoding a message. Photographs and a teacher’s guide are also included.



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