In a groundbreaking ruling, a Manhattan federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to release thousands of pages of transcripts from the 1948 grand jury testimony that led to the perjury conviction of Alger Hiss.

Noting the “great historical importance of the Hiss case,” Southern District Judge Peter K. Leisure rejected government arguments that the documents should remain sealed so as to uphold the rule of grand jury secrecy.

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