National Affairs: THE NATION

The Harry Dexter White case, one of the most important dramas of recent U.S. politics, reached a climax—and firm ground—last week with the testimony of Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr. and FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. The case was not settled or ended because the basic conflict underlying it still goes on. But it had come to a point where the nation could take stock.

A Diversionary Tactic. The uproar began on Nov. 6 when Brownell, in a speech, told the Executives Club of Chicago: "Harry Dexter...

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