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Topic - Richard Rhodes
The U.S. intelligence chief, James Clapper, said this week that the loss of state secrets as a result of leaks by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden was the worst in American history. Clapper backed up his assertion with dire forecasts about emboldened enemies abroad, but some historians and researchers said the U.S. has struggled with even more devastating intelligence breakdowns over the past century.
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Richard Rhodes is the most durable and experienced chronicler of the history of nuclear weaponry, from the birth of the A-bomb at Los Alamos, N.M., to the efforts over the years to reduce the risk of nuclear annihilation and place international curbs on proliferation.
The theft's political and cultural ripples deepened the Cold War, aggravated U.S.-Russian enmity and polarized American politics for more than a decade, said Richard Rhodes, author of a three-volume history on the development of the atomic bomb and its repercussions.
"The NSA secrets so far revealed, however painful they may be to the NSA, hardly come up to the standard of Klaus Fuchs and Ted Hall," said Rhodes, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for "The Making of the Atomic Bomb."