Law: The Perilous Game of Trying Spies

Balancing the claims of justice and secrecy

The decision seemed obvious. FBI agents said they had evidence that their Los Angeles colleague Richard Miller had turned over a bureau intelligence handbook to the Soviets. So Miller should be prosecuted, right? Well, in the world of espionage it is never that simple. For as long as there have been secret agents, officials have had to weigh two conflicting considerations: the importance of trying accused spies and the risk such trials pose to national security. In the view of intelligence agencies, courtroom disclosures can sometimes be as damaging as the original espionage. Says Joel...

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