National Affairs: Other Voices

If any loyalty case can have a happy ending, William W. Remington's seemed to have had one. Two years ago, Remington, a boyish-looking Department of Commerce economist, was accused by ex-Communist Courier Elizabeth Bentley of passing wartime secrets to her espionage ring. He was promptly suspended from his $10,330-a-year job. Then the top U.S. loyalty review board studied his case, sent him back to work with $5,000 back pay and a clean bill of health—although his duties had been juggled so that he was burdened with few security decisions. When ex-Spy Bentley repeated...