THE ADMINISTRATION: Last Twirl

Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer had twirled like a weathercock in a whirlwind over the problem of jug-eared Michael Lee, controversial chief of Commerce's Far Eastern Branch. Last spring, when a Senate subcommittee began gesturing at Lee's loyalty, Sawyer said: "He's one of our best men . . . We're ready to fight for him."

Then the Senators began wandering through Lee's intriguing past: he had been born Ephraim Zinovi Liberman in Harbin, Manchuria (in 1907), had gone to Moscow briefly in 1930 under a Chinese identity card and the name of Li Hoi-min. Twice he was refused U.S. citizenship...

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