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His chance would come soon: He was planning to go to Brussels in April 1953 for a Solvay Conference on proteins and made plans to stop off in England on the way to see the Watson-Crick three-dimensional model and the photos from Wilkins's and Franklin's laboratories.

But anti-Communist sentiments in the U.S. would again interfere with his plans. In late December 1952 a well-known but unreliable informant named Louis Budenz named Pauling as a concealed Communist. Pauling was not a Communist and said so (25 years of FBI investigations have since proved the point), calling Budenz a "professional liar." When Pauling applied for a passport, his old nemesis Ruth Shipley again recommended denial. He received his passport only after swearing in writing and in her presence that he was not a Communist.

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See Also: No Title [re: allegations by Louis Budenz of communist affiliation by Pauling]. December 23, 1952. 

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Ava Helen and Linus Pauling's passport. 1953.

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"Questions to be Answered by Mr. Linus Pauling." February 25, 1953.

"It is disgraceful that a committee of the United States Congress should permit and even aid such a scurvy unconscionable person to cause trouble for respectable people. If Budenz is not prosecuted for perjury we must conclude that our courts and Congressional committees are not interested in learning and disclosing the truth."

Linus Pauling
December 23, 1952
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