The Press: Message from Fidel

Sent to Havana last month for a rendezvous with an escaped prisoner, Miami Herald Reporter James Coe Buchanan, 43, easily found his man and just as easily got himself arrested by Fidel Castro's police (TIME, Dec. 21). Accused of concealing the escapee—an anti-Castro plotter named Austin Frank Young—Buchanan for 13 days languished in a cell with up to 18 other prisoners, dirty, unshaven and scared. Last week, with scarcely any advance notice, Cuban authorities hustled Reporter Buchanan off to Pinar del Rio province for trial.

Scene of the hearing was the movie theater of a Cuban army base, where the piano was...