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I take a different view of the Noel Field matter than that advanced by Susan Butler. Noel Field underwent two series of interviews by Communist security police. In those from mid-1949, when he was arrested in Prague, until Stalin's death in early 1953 Field was coerced by Hungarian and Soviet security officers, falsely made into a master American spy, and forced to provide testimony to destroy those persons in the Hungarian, Czechoslovak, Polish, and East German regimes targeted by Stalin's agents. In this coerced testimony so far as is known he was never asked about Hiss. After Stalin's death the East Bloc regimes undertook to undo part of the madness of Stalin's purges. Rehabilitating those Communist officials falsely branded as Western spies recruited by the American superspy Noel Field required getting an honest story from Field as to who and what he really was. Field was removed from severe incarceration, provided with medical services and placed in comfortable quarters as part of a rehabilitation process. Rather than being an American master spy, he said he had been recruited by the KGB while working at the U.S. State Department in the mid-1930s. His statements about Hiss were part of his discussion of his cooperation with Soviet intelligence at that time. The notion that Field in his post-Stalin rehabilitation interviews was coerced into making false statements about his and Hiss's role in Soviet espionage makes no sense. The public Communist position was that Field was not a Soviet espionage contact and neither was Hiss. Communist security police would not have coerced Field into making false statements that contradicted this position. Field and his wife were rehabilitated, they were released from custody and made a statement to the Western press that their imprisonment had been a mistake but it had been remedied and that they were requesting political asylum in Hungary. They were given a villa, servants, and a generous stipend by Hungarian security police. When the Hungarian people revolted against Soviet control in 1956, Field sided with the Soviets and the Hungarian Communist hardliners who restored Communist rule. Field called the Soviet troops who stormed into Budapest to put down the reformist government "the real freedom-fighters" who had saved Hungary from "counterrevolutionaries." He wrote that the 1956 "defectors" from socialism would not "hamper the forward march of Hungary and other countries of the Socialist camp along the highroad toward communism, which all other nations will ultimately follow." Field, who had long publicly maintained he was not a Communist, in 1961 announced he had been one since the 1930s. He never returned to the West and remained a loyal Communist until his death. Those interested in what the Field case should consult the work of the Hungarian historian Maria Schmidt in "A Rajk-Per Az Amerikai Kapscolat [The Rajk Affair and the American Connection]," _Magyar Szemle [Hungary]_ 3, no. 3&4 (March-April 1994), the new material from Soviet sources in the 1997 edition of Weinstein's _Perjury_ as well as the 1999 _Haunted Wood_, and the material on Czech Communist security police interviews with Field in 1955 obtained by Karel Skrabek. (The Czechs, like the Hungarians, needed to get a straight story from Field for their rehabilitation of Communists officials convicted in their phase of the purge.) Part of this latter material reads: "Noel Field said that he was a friend of Hiss at the time he worked at the State Department and that Hiss worked for the USSR as a spy. He knows it, allegedly, from a discussion with him in which Hiss tried to convince him to work with him. Of course, at the time Noel Field already worked for Soviet intelligence through the Massings. Massing, who later was a traitor, testified about Hiss in front of the Committee on Un-American Activities and Mrs. Massing Gompertz testified against him in front of a New York Federal Jury which convicted Hiss to a five-year prison term." John Earl Haynes firstname.lastname@example.org