Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2004

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Dennis E. Donham of Pennsylvania wants, Wednesday, January 28, 2004, the jaundiced spotlight of history turned more closely on Harry Hopkins, Rosoevelt's controversial adviser  


What's the truth about Harry?

HAVE just finished reading Herbert Romerstein's The Venona Secrets and earlier read quite a bit on WWII.

I am only one person but I think the nexus between Harry Hopkins (right) and so many known Soviet agents, and his influence on behalf of the Soviets, including getting them uranium against the wishes of our military (why would he do this?) are just too coincidental.

I suspect a strong circumstantial case at the least, and possibly a stronger case could be made that Hopkins was a Soviet spy. People get convicted with juror unanimity all the time in this country on less "evidence."

Dennis E. Donham
Franklin Park, Pennsylvania

P.S. When will someone write an objective study of Hopkins, exploring this issue in more depth, and when will there be more pressure to bear for a complete translation of the Venona tapes?

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David Irving replies:Harry Hopkins

I HAVE an open mind about Hopkins (right). He was a weird type, permanently ailing, and loathed by Eleanor Roosevelt -- a fact which some might well hold actually speaks in his favour -- and much suspicion has been cast upon him, but not much hard evidence. Let us open a dossier on Harry Hopkins, and I invite contributions.

People familiar with my biography Churchill's War will know that he cropped up in England and Moscow on odd occasions throughout the war, and that he played a crucial role (in a midnight transatlantic phone conversation from Chequers, where he was staying with Churchill, to Washington late in July 1941) in persuading Franklin D Roosevelt to add oil sanctions to the economic sanctions he was about to announce against Japan; it was the oil sanctions which finally drove Japan to war and Pearl Harbor.

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