World: No Dreyfus

The powerful publisher whose arrest touched off Konrad Adenauer's crisis still sits in jail. Der Spiegel's Rudolf Augstein, 39., has not yet been tried, or even formally charged with a crime. Under West Germany's law, a suspect can be held behind bars indefinitely while the police determine if there has been any serious wrongdoing.

Augstein and four of his executives at the newsmagazine Der Spiegel were scooped up in a series of arrests beginning with a Keystone-cop raid on the magazine's Hamburg offices last October. The stated reason: "Suspicion of treason," for allegedly using classified government information in a story blasting the...