Investigations: Return of the Native

Everyone was most cordial. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Richard Russell set the tone for the session: "I understand from Senator Byrd that you are a Virginia boy." U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers, making his first public appearance since his release from captivity in the Soviet Union, smiled back. Then, in a soft drawl, he told his story. Committee members asked a few gentle questions, and sent him on his way with their paternal blessings. It was all over in 90 minutes.

The way had been paved for Powers by Central Intelligence Agency...

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