National Affairs: Testimony on Disaster

Veteran U.S. Diplomat John Carter Vincent has long been No. 2 on Senator Joe McCarthy's list of accused Communists in the State Department. Last summer ex-Communist Louis Budenz echoed McCarthy's accusation.

Home on leave from his post as U.S. consul and diplomatic agent at Tangier, the gaunt, silver-haired diplomat testified publicly last week in his own defense. Budenz, he told Senator McCarran's Internal Security subcommittee, was a liar; and we "cannot defend democracy with perfidy or defeat Communism with lies." Four days of questioning revealed little to support Budenz' charge.

On the other hand,...

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