was a former colleague of Alger Hiss's. His
name was brought into the case most prominently
by Hede Massing.
In recent years, Hiss's detractors have pointed
out that in the early 1950s when Field was imprisoned
in Hungary for espionage, he implicated Hiss.
Others note that Field was being tortured and
held in solitary confinement at the time and
was telling his captors anything they might
want to hear.
his release from prison in the mid-1950s, Field
sent Hiss a note reaffirming his belief in Hiss's
innocence, saying, "I need hardly tell you how
angered and outraged I was over the irresponsible
allegations made against you. Your testimony
fully harmonizes with the memory I had of you
during our all-too-brief acquaintance in Washington."
more on this issue, click
here to read Ethan Klingsberg's article
in The Nation.