Nation: How It Was Done

New York Lawyer James Donovan, counsel for the Cuban Families Committee, was annoyed by the notion that Bobby Kennedy and the Justice Department were really responsible for arranging the ransom payments to Castro. "I have enormous respect for the Attorney General." said Donovan, "but it is absolutely and unqualifiedly so that the policy and negotiations were entrusted to me."

Donovan undeniably believed what he said. But he was about the last one who did. For by now a spate of stories was appearing, detailing Bobby's efforts.

All the Volunteers. Months ago, acting at Bobby's behest, Donovan negotiated the $53 million payoff to...

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