COMMUNISTS: Cold War Barter

Out of Budapest came a bizarre proposal from the Communists. They wanted to exchange a British "spy" imprisoned in Hungary for a woman guerrilla leader facing the gallows in Malaya. Rarely has Russian diplomacy so blatantly acknowledged its real control over Communists everywhere. The barter proposal showed how fast, when the Reds want to make a deal, they cynically drop the pretense of a rebel band of local "patriots'" fighting "colonialism" in Malaya, or of a "People's Republic" having a genuine claim to sovereignty in Hungary. The principals in this cold war barter:

Edgar Sanders, 48, tall, bespectacled Briton who was...

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