THE NATION: This Is Washington

In guarded rooms in Washington and in the capitals of Europe the telecom machines clattered: "This is Washington ...." "This is London . . ." "Embassy Moscow replying . . ." In the telecom room at the State Department, Under Secretary of State Robert Lovett sat day after day until the early morning hours, instructing, consulting, talking across an ocean and half a continent.

The machines took down his words and the words of his colleagues, scrambled them, transmitted them to machines at the other end which decoded them and flashed the messages...

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