The Press: Sign Here

The "Letters to the Editor" columns of the U.S. and British press are an open gate to an open forum. The U.S.S.R.'s Historian Eugene Tarle and David Zaslavsky, co-editor of Pravda, among others, have used it to get their viewpoints in print before the U.S. public. But last week, editors began to suspect that Soviet propagandists were getting set to crowd through the door in droves. Several influential papers had received and printed letters from Moscow, written in perfect English, expensively cabled and signed by private Soviet citizens—or at least bearing their names.

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