It was a startling statement: if the Department of State has in its files evidence that an employee is a sex pervert, the evidence should be withheld from the board that passes on promotions. This viewpoint, held by a departmental officer, went into the record last week as the Senate Investigating Committee, under the chivvying chairmanship of Senator Joseph McCarthy, began to look into the State Department files. Almost as striking was the news also dug out in the first week that classified files, containing personnel information about foreign service officers, are as open as a public library to...

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