The Capital: Crossing the Potomac

The State Department's announcement was about as terse as a bureaucratic bulletin can be. Janos Radvanyi, Hungary's chief of mission to the U.S., had "decided that he wishes to become a permanent resident of the United States, and it is our understanding that he is submitting a letter of resignation to his government." Thus last week, little more than two months after the defection of Svetlana Allilueva Stalina, another Communist VIP made the big switch. The highest-ranking Communist diplomat ever to have defected to the West,* Radványi was, in addition, an invaluable...

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