The Administration: An Abuse of Power

As a Belgian official in the Congo, Michel Struelens years ago became friendly with Katanga's Moise Tshombe. In October of 1960, he came to the U.S. as chief of the Katanga Information Service.

A charming chap, he got along nicely with the U.S. State Department, which issued him a temporary visa. Struelens, now 34, set up shop on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, settled down to promote Tshombe's cause indefinitely.

The State Department felt so friendly toward Struelens that in August 1961 it asked him to take a trip to Katanga to explain U.S. views to Tshombe. He did. But a month...

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