TURKEY: Mousy Mata Hari

In Ankara's still winter air smoke belched from the chimneys of the Japanese Embassy. Ambassador Sho Kurihara and his staff were busy burning official papers. They had been nearly as surprised as everyone else in Ankara last week when Turkey suddenly broke off relations with Japan.

In view of all the Allied pressure that had been put on Turkey, Ankara's declaration of nonbelligerent war seemed rather little and late. But it had one important result: Turkey would no longer openly serve as a base for Axis spies.

When the Turks broke with Germany five months ago, parting was merely sweet sorrow...

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