Nation: Chronicle of a Security Leak

How the Stealth plane lost its cloak of invisibility

The argument will rage on until Election Day: Did the Carter Administration cynically leak military secrets to help the President win re-election ? Or was it only releasing heartening defense news that was rapidly becoming public anyway? And more important, was the national security really damaged by disclosure that the U.S. is developing a Stealth bomber that may be able to elude Soviet radar? Although still incomplete, the reconstruction of how the news came out makes a fascinating—and disturbing—tale.

For an extremely sensitive project, Stealth...

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