FRANCE: Scandal

For months Washington had suspected that Western military secrets were leaking to Russia from France, the North Atlantic nations' most potent Continental ally and the top recipient of U.S. arms aid. By last week it was clear that such worries were at least partly justified. At least one top officer in the French army had been guilty of gross carelessness, or worse, in the handling of top-secret military information. The officer was General Georges Marie Joseph Revers, chief of the French general staff, who a fortnight ago was summarily sacked by the French cabinet.

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