COMMUNISTS: Two-Way Street

Keenly aware that Western Europe was shaken by the defection of West German Intelligence Chief Otto John to Communist East Germany (see FOREIGN NEWS), the U.S. last week reminded the world that defection is a two-way street—with the heaviest traffic running freedom's way. At a specially summoned press conference, the State Department produced Yuri Rastvorov, 33, the six-footer who was a high-ranking MVD spy in Japan before he fled from the Soviet embassy* and asked U.S. authorities for protection last winter (TIME, Feb. 15).

Rastvorov phlegmatically faced some 200 correspondents in the State Department auditorium, talked innocuously about his background...

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