Internet, Journalism and Hoaxes
The internet has given birth to many new mediums for people to interact. These mediums sometimes offer a hiding place, a refuge for fugitives, or even a command room to develop war strategies.
Without the arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union, it could be that we might not be finding a partner on Tinder, listening to music on Spotify or posting our ideas on Facebook or Twitter today. Long before that, the Soviets had "stolen" nuclear bomb technology from a US scientist who was a member of the Manhattan Project.
A security hearing in 1949 between the US House of Representatives and Manhattan Project coleader Robert Oppenheimer perhaps marked the beginning of the tense period of the US arms race with the Soviets. Oppenheimer, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the first nuclear bomb was created, was accused of being a Soviet agent. He was believed to have sympathized with the Communist Party and the Soviet Union prior to the Second World War.