AEC Chairman Lewis Strauss was nettled by the repeated charges of Democrats on the Joint Congressional Atomic Energy Committee. Sum of the charges: the AEC spent so much time squabbling over the Dixon-Yates contract that it was neglecting its primary mission of weapons development and production.

Last week Strauss replied. Before New Mexico's Democratic Senator Clinton Anderson, chairman of the joint committee, could start questioning Strauss, some AEC aides entered the hearing room, struggling with five big boxes packed tight with documents. They set the boxes down behind Strauss. Another aide deposited...

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