National Affairs: Soldier for Sailor

A soldier will replace a sailor as director of the country's top-secret Central Intelligence Agency, the White House announced. The President had persuaded Lieut. General Walter Bedell ("Beedle") Smith to take the job held for the past 39 months by Rear Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter.

CIA, despite its brass bosses, is actually a civilian agency which operates as a collector and clearing house of information about the intentions of other nations. It shuns publicity, gets little public attention until something blows up. When something blew up in Korea, U.S. Senators demanded to know why CIA had not given adequate warning. Admiral Hillenkoetter said...

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