Close to a million Americans at one time in their lives joined the Communist Party, but very few talk about it now. Last week one did. He told the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee a shoddy tale of party membership in the U.S. and of spy service abroad on behalf of the Kremlin. As sometimes happens, he triggered a chain reaction of disclosures about other people. Almost all had been or were still connected with the business of reporting the news, like the witness himself: Winston Burdett, 41, now a $20,000-a-year Columbia Broadcasting System radio and TV commentator.

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