Dead Men Can't Defend Themselves

The terrible calumnies against Pius XII were of Soviet origin. That much has been known for awhile --but the details are here, including the fact that the infamous play The Deputy --which started it all-- was commissioned by Kruschev. All written by a man intimately involved in the campaign. The intrigue is fascinating, but the most important line is probably this:
As KGB chairman Yury Andropov, the unparalleled master of Soviet deception, used to tell me, people are more ready to believe smut than holiness.