311.6121 Gorin, M. N./24

The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Hoover) to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: Reference is made to my previous letters to you dated December 17, 1938, and February 7, 1939,57 furnishing you with information developed relative to the case entitled Hafis Salich; Mikhail Nicholas Gorin, with aliases; Natasha Gorin ,58 with alias; Espionage.

For your information, the most recent developments in this case are as follows:

The trial in this case started in Federal Court in Los Angeles, California, on February 21, 1939. On March 7, the Court directed a verdict of not guilty as to Natasha Gorin on counts 1 and 2 of the indictment, which were for substantive violations. Count 3 of the indictment, which related to a conspiracy charge, was permitted to stand, and the Court refused a motion for a directed verdict for defendants Hafis Salich and Mikhail Nicholas Gorin on all counts. On March 10, 1939, the jury returned a verdict of guilty as to defendants Salich and Gorin on all counts. Natasha Gorin was acquitted. The defendants have not yet been sentenced.

Sincerely yours,

John Edgar Hoover
  1. Neither printed.
  2. Wife of Mikhail Nicholas Gorin.