The Press: A Letter from Ike

In freeing Associated Press Correspondent William Oatis, the Czech Communists put their best propaganda foot forward. Oatis was released, the Czechs announced, because of a pleading letter from his wife. Last week the White House gave out the true story. Two months ago, President Eisenhower wrote a letter to Czech President Antonin Zapotocky, pointing out that the U.S. would consider easing up the economic squeeze on Czechoslovakia only if Oatis was freed from his ten-year sentence on an espionage charge. Wrote Ike: "If your government will release Mr. Oatis . . . the...

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