WEST GERMANY: $1 19,000 for an Answer

For two weeks Chancellor Konrad Adenauer remained silent about the strange case of Otto John (TIME, Aug. 2), though he knew full well the damage that had been done to the West and to public confidence in his own regime. Last week, speaking to his people by radio, he described John's disappearance into the Soviet zone as "shocking," but he insisted that the former West German security chief had no Western military secrets: "The damage he can cause is not so great as was thought at first." Adenauer freely acknowledged...

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