Foreign Correspondents: Conduit in North Viet Nam

Anxious to cover both sides of the war in Viet Nam, the New York Times has tried for years to get a reporter into Hanoi. But Ho Chi Minh has consistently said no. Last week the Times finally ran a five-part series on life in North Viet Nam, but not by one of its own reporters. It was the work of James Cameron, 54, a British freelancer who was writing for the London Evening Standard. "Failing our being able to get a man inside," says Times Foreign News Editor Sydney Gruson, "this was the next best thing."

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