Welcome to the companion Web site to "Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies,"
originally broadcast on February 5, 2002.
The program chronicles the lives and
covert activities of the so-called "atom spies" in the 1940's, including the
big one that got away, Theodore Alvin Hall. Here's what you'll find online:
Read Venona Intercepts
Released by the National Security Agency, these once top-secret messages,
encoded by their Soviet senders and decrypted by Venona codebreakers, reveal compelling,
behind-the-scenes details of Soviet espionage.
Family of Spies
In a series of interviews alternately gushing and reserved, embittered and accepting, the sons of the Rosenbergs, Ted Hall's wife and elder daughter, and other family members of Venona-era spies offer their views about their spying relatives.
Mata Hari. Alger Hiss. Kim Philby. Aldrich Ames.
Their names stick in our collective consciousness, though whether famously or
infamously depends on whose side you're on.