NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
3rd February, 1950 : Top nuclear scientist Dr Klaus Fuchs was today charged with giving Russian agents secret information how to build atomic bombs. If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison. Fuchs, aged 38, a German-born Communist, had been given full access to British and American research bases for seven years. The FBI in America discovered his betrayal and told MI5. The prosecution alleges Fuchs is guilty of the “grossest treachery”.
[ Fuchs, the son of Lutheran pastor, confessed and was sentenced to fourteen years of imprisonment, of which he served only nine. He spent the rest of his life as a honoured Communist party member in East Germany. ]