Nation: Misfiled Secrets

A strange trip from Saigon to Winston -Salem

Soon after police in Winston-Salem, N.C., were notified last December that a 1973 Fiat had been stolen, they found the car stuck in the mud off a country road. Missing were the battery, a tape player and a black footlocker that had been in the trunk. The case looked routine until a few days later when children walking on a roadside a few miles away found the footlocker with its lock broken and its contents—papers and notebooks—scattered through the underbrush. Last week the Justice Department disclosed that the documents included top secret copies...

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