The Press: Frame-Up in Prague

Why did Associated Press Correspondent Bill Oatis confess? Newsmen all over the free world expected a ringing answer to the question when Oatis was released by the Czechs three months ago, after serving two years of a ten-year sentence on a charge of spying (TIME, May 25). But they were disappointed. Frail (123 Ibs.), tuberculous and bewildered by his unexpected reprieve, Oatis begged off answering until he could rest and get medical treatment. This week, in newspapers all over the U.S. and in the pages of LIFE, Bill Oatis, 39, explained not only why he confessed but how the Czech Communists...

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