This blog is edited by Jeff Kisseloff (me). I began researching the Hiss case as a college student in the mid-1970s at the same time Alger Hiss began receiving documents from the government in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. I volunteered to help with the project and was hired in 1976 by the National Emergency Civil Civil Liberties Committee (which had filed the suit on his behalf) to be one of two paid researchers to sort through the more than 40,000 documents that were eventually released. I helped research and write his coram nobis petition which sought — and ultimately failed — to overturn his guilty verdict on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct. Through my years as a journalist, I occasionally took on research projects related to the case. In 1999, I co-created the Alger Hiss Web site ( and now serve as its managing editor. I’ve written five books. My sixth is about the Hiss case (It’s about time.).

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