Another View of Venona
The article on the Venona code breakers (“Code Name: Venona,” September 2018) references my parents, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg: “[Rosenberg’s] wife, Ethel, was implicated in two of the [Venona] messages.” I believe Venona exonerates—it does not implicate—my mother. The first message stated that my father had told his Soviet handlers that his wife vouched for a relative as “intelligent and clever.” The second explicitly stated that she “does not work.” Meredith Gardner, the Russian linguist who was the “master” book breaker, has stated that those words meant Ethel Rosenberg was not an espionage agent. Finally, all Soviet agents were given code names. My mother never was given one.
Michael Meeropol | Location withheld at his request