THE ADMINISTRATION: The Mantle of Charity

In the spring of 1945, the FBI had its lines all set for Philip Jaffe, the editor of the pro-Communist magazine Amerasia, and was about to arrest him. Then one day, John Stewart Service, a lean-jawed, young State Department foreign service officer just back from China, walked into Jaffe's hotel room in Washington and into the range of FBI microphones. Service lent Jaffe a sheaf of State Department reports on China, some stamped "secret" and "confidential." In four separate hotel-room sessions, he talked to Jaffe at great length about U.S. policy in...

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