ARMED FORCES: The Nickerson Case

Out of the Pentagon last week rolled a thunderous indictment of an obscure but important Army officer, Colonel John C. Nickerson Jr., 41, field coordinator for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency at top-secret Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala. Colonel Nickerson was ordered to face a Third Army court-martial on 18 tough specifications charging that he 1) included secret information on the U.S. missile program in documents sent to unauthorized civilian businessmen and newsmen (as well as—although the charges did not say it—to several Alabama Congressmen), 2) had violated national-security laws by sending...

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