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"After acknowledging that Venona demonstrates widespread espionage by American communists, Schrecker offered an ex post facto rationalization: they “did so for political, not pecuniary reasons… As Communists these people did not subscribe to traditional forms of patriotism; they were internationalists whose political allegiances transcended national boundaries.  They thought they were ‘building… a better worlds for the masses,’ not betraying their country.”