Foreign News: The Case of Otto John

Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, riding so high as the year began, was now deep in trouble. Labor unrest was increasing (see above). France was threatening to upset his cherished EDC and, worst of all, the strange case of Otto John was haunting and hurting the old Chancellor.

Last week, after 22 days under Communist wraps, Otto John faced a press conference in East Berlin that was open to Western correspondents. No more nervous than usual. Adenauer's former security chief read a six-page statement into a battery of microphones, then freely answered questions from 300 correspondents...

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