Statutes: That Spy Loophole: A Deal or a Goof?

Why did the Government really drop its case in Brooklyn two weeks ago against accused Soviet Spies Aleksandr Sokolov and the woman who called herself Joy Ann Baltch? Was it a deal or a goof? Was the Government really foiled because Defense Lawyer Edward Brodsky invoked what newsmen called a "1795 law" requiring the names and addresses of Government witnesses—thus endangering U.S. secret agents?

Whatever the answers, the law in question was duly invoked last week in behalf of two more accused Soviet spies facing trial in Newark—and the Government duly cooperated. Fact is, the law is hardly a new...

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