Nation: The Odd Couple

Can the U.S. spy on spies?

The two defendants in the espionage trial were hardly the most dangerous of spies. Ronald Humphrey, 42, emerged in the testimony as a naive, lovelorn officer in the U.S. Information Agency whose lawyer insisted he never meant to harm the U.S. although he delivered Government documents to a foreign agent. David Truong, 32, a Vietnamese peace activist, said he simply wanted to help effect a rapprochement between the U.S. and his homeland.

The U.S. Government pursued its prosecution with immense care and zeal, for more was at stake...

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