Investigations: The Near Miss

Rarely in his career as a spy had U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers been under thicker wraps than those that enveloped him last week. Although the President described him as "a free agent," he remained in a top-secret hideout under the vigilant custody of the Federal Government. Questioning by a board headed by Federal Judge E. Barrett Prettyman, plus intensive analysis of his account by CIA agents, had convinced the Government that Powers acquitted himself well as a Russian captive. But Powers' scheduled emergence from hiding was postponed while CIA Boss John McCone, with the Prettyman report in his...

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