THE PRESIDENCY: Wake Island Leak

President Truman had canceled a scheduled speech so as not to "detract7' from Douglas MacArthur's day. Publicly, the White House made a great show of leaving MacArthur unanswered. But privately, through the device of a leak to the New York Times, Harry Truman struck back. It seemed to be the opening of a battle in which each side would lean on documents marked "Secret" to make its case before the U.S.

After General MacArthur had made public the stand of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, New York Times Correspondent Tony Leviero shrewdly figured that the President might want to answer...

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