Espionage: A Snag in the Net

For 15 months, U.S. Attorney Joseph Hoey and a team of assistants had worked to prepare the Government's case against accused Soviet Spy Aleksandr Sokolov and his mysterious female accomplice (TIME, July 12, 1963). In Brooklyn Federal Court last week everything was ready. The jurors had taken their seats and been sworn in. Within minutes Hoey would begin his opening remarks.

But Hoey was summoned to the telephone; at the other end of the line was Acting Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach in Washington. As Hoey listened, his face clouded. When he hung up,...

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