In the face of small-arms fire from U.S. editorial pages, the Army retreated in lumber-footed embarrassment last week. It had blundered, the Army admitted, in dishing up a fortnight ago the warmed-over, spiced-up story of pre-Pearl Harbor spying for Russia by Japanese and German Communists in Japan (TIME, Feb. 21). Most of all, it had blundered in charging, without documentation, that leftish Journalists Agnes Smedley and Guenther Stein were actually Russian spies.

In an honest confession on behalf of higher brass, Colonel George S. Eyster, deputy chief of the Army Public Information Division, called the whole thing a "faux...

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