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Warren, Neal ask Obama to consider pardoning Ethel Rosenberg

Ethel Rosenberg was executed for passing secrets on the atomic bomb to the Soviets.
Ethel Rosenberg was executed for passing secrets on the atomic bomb to the Soviets.AP file/1951

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and US Representative Richard Neal have added their voices to those urging President Obama to consider formally exonerating Ethel Rosenberg before he leaves office next week.

Rosenberg and her husband, Julius, were executed in 1953 for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. The couple’s two sons, Michael and Robert Meeropol, who lives in Easthampton, have embarked on a campaign to have their mother pardoned. They cite evidence that she was framed.

“I ask that you give every appropriate consideration to the request of Mr. Meeropol and his family and provide a swift response to their concerns,” Warren wrote in a Jan. 10 letter to Obama. In a letter to Obama last month, Neal wrote that “history has revealed that Ethel Rosenberg was not the actor in concert [with her husband] that was portrayed by the US government.”

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