The Press: On the Record

At the espionage trial of Associated Pressman William Oatis, the bits of evidence the Czechs let out seemed to prove that the charge of "spying" was nothing more than routine diligent news reporting. Last week a transcript of the trial, received by the State Department, proved the point conclusively. In fact, State Department officials were surprised that Reporter Oatis, on the stand after 71 days of Communist imprisonment and interrogation, was able to make his case so clear.

As a sample of the "espionage" charged by the prosecution, State cited some of Oatis' testimony regarding former Czech Minister Vladimir Clementis, whose disappearance...

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