The Grocery-Store Papers

On Jan. 10, the day El Salvador's leftist guerrillas launched their unsuccessful "final offensive," a squad of National Police raided a small grocery store in San Salvador. Hidden behind a hollow wall, they found a plastic garbage bag and a large suitcase, both filled with papers. At first the papers sat on a dusty, police-office desk; no one imagined that the scores of documents would provide most of the U.S. proof that the Cubans and Soviets supplied arms to the Salvadoran guerrillas. Their recovery was due to the enterprise, and luck, of Diplomat Jon Glassman, 37, a political counselor at the...

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