THE SUPREME COURT: Rightful Cooperation

On information supplied by a lesser Russian spy in the spring of 1957, the FBI cornered Master Spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel, 55, in a New York hotel room.

Since the other spy was afraid to testify in court against Abel, the best the FBI could do was ask the Immigration and Naturalization Service to arrest Abel as a deportable alien. Then came a break. In his room, when seized, Abel had plenty of incriminating evidence—cipher pads. 18 microfilms, phony birth certificates—to help convict him for espionage four months later. Sentence: a $3,000 fine,...

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