founding director of the FBI and head of the
the time of the Alger Hiss investigation,
Hoover was one of the most powerful
men in Washingtion for nearly half a century.
Documents released under the Freedom of Information
Act indicate that Hoover personally directed
his agents to ensure Hiss's conviction. Tens
of thousands of pages of FBI files have been
released but often with significant amounts
of deletions. Such information continues to
be withheld from the public.