Hurrying through Washington's Union Station, she looked like any Government stenographer, eagerly on her way to a New York City weekend. Hatless and smartly turned out in a sporty belted coat, she carried a small valise. But Judith Coplon was no ordinary working girl. At 27, she had risen to a job which was listed by the civil service as political analyst, foreign agents registration section, Department of Justice.

Manhattan's Barnard College for girls had always expected big things of Judith Coplon. She majored in history, was managing editor of the college paper, graduated cum laude in 1943. Said her...

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