The Press: The Road to Freedom

In his cell in Prague's grim Pankrac prison one day last week, one of the world's most celebrated political prisoners got unexpected visitors. Two U.S. Embassy officials called on Associated Press Correspondent William Oatis, 39, who had been in prison two years on a spying charge. They left two oddly matched articles—a pair of Argyle socks knitted by his wife, and his passport. The Embassy was acting on the suspicion that Oatis might need both for traveling. Fourteen hours later he did. Oatis was taken before a Czech Communist official and told that...

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