FOREIGN RELATIONS: Bureaucracy & the U-2

In the heavily censored transcript of the secret Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on the U-2 incident and summit failure, the U.S. last week found some more answers to some lingering public questions:

Q. Did anyone question whether the U-2 flights ought to be discontinued just before the summit meeting?

A. No, said Defense Secretary Thomas Gates. In April, a Central Intelligence Agency man briefed him on the program of flights, but nothing was said at that time, or during any subsequent conversations with State Department people, about postponing the flights. Such flights...

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