International: To the Point

Last month the Czech Communist government brought obviously phony charges of espionage against a Czech-born U.S. citizen named Samuel Meryn, a clerk at the American embassy in Prague. In a formal note of protest the U.S. State Department vainly demanded his release. Last week blunt, able Ellis Briggs, new U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia, presented his credentials to Czech President Klement Gottwald. In the golden days of diplomacy, the presentation of credentials was considered an occasion unfit for the transaction of business. But Briggs, no man to be silenced by diplomatic niceties, used the formal occasion to bring up some...

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