Season 29, Episode 13 Secrets, Lies and Atomic Spies

First Aired: February 5, 2002

A look at how the Soviets stole the A-bomb from the U.S. and how those responsible were discovered. The major culprit? Not Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the hour asserts, but nuclear wunderkind Ted Hall, who was 18 when he started at Los Alamos. Hall (who died in 1999) and his wife Joan say as much here (Joan: “It was a humanitarian act”). The program also claims that codebreakers knew about Hall almost 50 years ago, but he wasn't prosecuted because U.S. intelligence didn't want the Soviets to know their code had been broken. Liev Schreiber narrates.

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