Nation: Hush, Hush

The spy who came in and told

At issue in an Alexandria, Va., courtroom last week was whether top CIA officials could hold an ex-spy to his written agreement to let them censor anything that he wrote about his undercover experiences. Testified CIA Director Stansfield Turner: "If he is able to get away with this, it will prove to other people that we have no control." In other words, the agency wanted to chill into silence other potential telltale spooks.

The case involved Frank Snepp, who spent eight years with the CIA, 4½ of them in Viet Nam. Last November he published a...

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