Nation: THE HARDENING SOVIET BASE IN CUBA

THE rumors and accusations about the massive Soviet buildup in Castro's Cuba had to be answered. New York's Republican Senator Kenneth Keating vowed to eat his hat if his charges were not right. And it was to force such critics as Keating to a diet of fried fedora that President Kennedy last week ordered Defense Secretary McNamara and CIA Chief John McCone to an unprecedented public report on the state of Cuba's military strength. Never before had a nation displayed in such detail its secrets of intelligence-gathering over an unfriendly country.

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