@gmukunda @HeerJeet @JamesSurowiecki Guilty of not dropping a dime on her husband Julius and her brother David Greenglass, yes... But (if you can rely on Wikipedia):

"In 2001, David Greenglass recanted his testimony about his sister having typed the notes. He said, 'I frankly think my wife did the typing, but... 1/
@gmukunda @HeerJeet @JamesSurowiecki ... I don't remember.' He said he gave false testimony to protect himself and his wife, Ruth, and that he was encouraged by the prosecution to do so. 'My wife is more important to me than my sister. Or my mother or my father, OK? And she was the mother of my children.'
He... 2/
@gmukunda @HeerJeet refused to express remorse for his decision to betray his sister, saying only that he did not realize that the prosecution would push for the death penalty. He stated, "I would not sacrifice my wife and my children for my sister... 3/
@gmukunda @HeerJeet ... Deputy Attorney General of the United States William P. Rogers, who had been part of the prosecution of the Rosenbergs, discussed their strategy at the time in relation to seeking the death sentence for Ethel. He said they had urged the death sentence for Ethel in... 4/
@gmukunda @HeerJeet ...an effort to extract a full confession from Julius. He reportedly said, 'She called our bluff', as she made no effort to push her husband to any action. 5/END

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