Behind the Door

The real story behind the famed Wake Island report came out. Senator Russell asked to see the complete transcript of the President's island conference with MacArthur, which Harry Truman had leaked to the New York Times to prove that MacArthur had been wrong about China's intervention in Korea, and to imply that he was likely to be wrong in his estimate of Russian intentions (TIME, April 30). The Department of Defense dutifully sent along the report, with a covering letter from General Omar Bradley.

Instead of a formal state document, what the Senate got turned out to be largely a casual collection...