ESPIONAGE: Ever-Widening Ring

Even hard-bitten Justice Department lawyers skipped a heartbeat last spring when accused Soviet Spies Jack and Myra Soble of Manhattan pleaded guilty to "receiving and obtaining" U.S. defense secrets (TIME, April 22). The plea got them out of a tougher charge of conspiring to transmit defense secrets to Soviet agents, and in return it seemed certain that the Sobles had agreed to tell their story. Last week, as a direct outgrowth of secret Soble testimony, a federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted two more Americans as members of the ever-widening Soble ring. The two: onetime U.S. Army Intelligence Officer...

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