National Affairs: Strong Presumption

Six days after the U.S. Navy sent a boarding party from the radar picket ship U.S.S. Roy O. Hale to the Soviet trawler Novorossisk in the North Atlantic to investigate the cause of breaks in five transatlantic submarine cables (TIME, March 9), the Russians lodged a predictable protest. Charges that the Novorossisk had cut the cables were a "fabrication," said the Soviets. Moreover, the U.S. action was based on "provocative aims." From the U.S. last week went a cool reply that 1) dismissed the protest as unfounded, 2) pointedly documented the "strong presumption" that the Russian trawler had indeed cut the...

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