J. Robert Oppenheimer cleared of being suspected Soviet spy after 68 years

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  • By many accounts, he was a broken man after the hearings, although he had enough fire left to strenuously object to a 1964 play dramatizing the hearings: "The whole damn thing was a farce and these people are trying to make a tragedy out of it.
  • But Groves felt the physicist had the breadth of knowledge to bring together physicists, chemists, engineers, and metallurgists, among other disciplines whose expertise would be crucial to the success of the project.And the project did succeed.
  • The trailer naturally focuses on the drama surrounding the birth of the atomic bomb, but if the film follows the arc of the book, Oppenheimer's fall from grace will also feature prominently.
  • As time has passed, more evidence has come to light of the bias and unfairness of the process that Dr. Oppenheimer was subjected to while the evidence of his loyalty and love of country have only been further affirmed.
  • “It’s hard to see a principle here—except that some of the testimony was sympathetic to Oppenheimer, some of it very sympathetic.”So Granholm's statement is a welcome development, albeit 68 years late.
  • In 2014, several transcripts from the 1954 hearings were declassified, revealing no damning evidence against the late physicist.
Enlarge/ A young J. Robert Oppenheimer in April 1945. He led the Manhattan Project during World War II to develop the first atomic bomb.0 with 0 posters participatingTheres rarely time to write [+11305 chars]