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Dialogue: Vol 28 No 1
Blake: Ernest L. Wilkinson and the 1966 BYU Spy Ring 165 class schedules from office doors.11 Russell then acting on his own initiative contacted ten students he had met through BYU's conservative community.12 These students were selected because of their known conservative views and because Russell felt they could be trusted. The small group met in room 370 of the Wilkinson Center, where Russell explained their purpose and mission.13 Russell informed them that they were to attend the classes of the selected professors for two or three periods after Wilkinson's address and to write down any remarks the professors made about the speech.14 After attending the classes, they were to turn in their notes to Russell, who would then prepare a report and submit it to Wilkinson. Wilkinson presented his forum address as planned on 21 April 1966. Following the talk, the designated professors were monitored by Russell's group. Each student-spy took notes on what the professors said about the speech and gave the information to Russell, who typed a composite report for Wilkinson.15 Bentley then arranged for Russell to deliver his report directly to Wilkinson. Russell said that when he went to Wilkinson's office he "read a few of the more explosive and derogatory remarks .. . and then handed him the report." The president thanked him and Russell left.16 Wilkinson gave the reports to Clyde Sandgren, BYU's general counsel, with instructions to verify them. Sandgren contacted Russell and asked for a list of all the students who had gathered information. Sandgren then met with the students individually to confirm Russell's report. BYU political scientist Ray Hillam, one of the targeted professors, learned about the spy ring from one of his students who told him he had been called in to verify allegations made against Hillam by Russell.17 Members of the spy ring also talked about their activities to people out- 11. The professors monitored were Ray Hillam, Jesse Reeder, J. Kenneth Davies, Richard Wirthlin, Stewart Grow, Louis Midgley, Briant Jacobs, and Melvin Mabey. "Chronology of Events," Hillam Papers; see also Russell to Blake. 12. Russell to Blake. Some accounts state that there were as many as twenty student spies, but only ten names are known. These include: Stephen Hays Russell, Ronald Hankin, Michael Call, Curt Conklin, Lyle Burnett, Everett Bryce, Lloyd Miller, Mark Skousen, Lisle Updike, and James Widenmann. See Russell Statement and Ronald Ira Hankin statement, Hillam Papers. 13. Hankin Statement and Russell Statement. 14. Each student was asked to monitor two specific teachers, so not every spy went to the same class at the same time. See "Chronology of Events." 15. Russell Statement. 16. Ibid. 17. The student who told Hillam about the spy ring was not a member of the spy ring himself. He was a member of one of Hillam's classes and was contacted at random by the administration to confirm the allegations against Hillam. Hillam Papers.