The Press: Polecat Hunt

"A piece of impudence," cried tall, gimlet-eyed Lord Vansittart, 68, in Britain's House of Lords last week. Bristling with rage, the onetime (1930-38) Permanent Under Secretary of the Foreign Office told his peers how the Soviet news agency Tass ("a nest of guttersnipes") had wriggled out of a libel suit filed by Vladimir Krajina, Czech refugee and onetime resistance fighter. The Soviet Embassy had declared Tass a state organ (TIME, July 11), and a British court had no choice but to grant diplomatic immunity to Tass, which had accused Krajina of being a traitor. Krajina's last resort was to appeal to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!