RUMANIA: Conquest by Phone?

No U.S. correspondent has been allowed in Rumania since February 1948. Last week a perceptive career diplomat who recently left Rumania told newsmen what the score is in that wretched country:

Rumania is the most completely captive of the satellites. Barring a major war, there is no hope for resistance within the tightly policed state. Rumania has also been "organized for the hereafter." The now-completed takeover of the Orthodox Church (whose membership includes 90% of the population) was the neatest piece of conspiratorial statecraft in many years in the Balkans.

Foreign Minister Ana Pauker still runs the show (with the vigilant...

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