First The Verdict, Then the Trial

U.S. agents shadow -- but do not arrest -- spy suspect Felix Bloch

"Hostile surveillance" is a technique used by police to pressure a suspect by letting him know he is being watched. The FBI's investigation of Felix Bloch, the American diplomat suspected of espionage, by last week had mushroomed beyond hostility into full-blown hysteria. When Bloch and his daughter drove from suburban Chappaqua, N.Y., into Manhattan, they were followed by a posse of federal officers, news reporters, camera crews and, said Government sources, a carload of KGB agents.

Within days, Bloch became the most intensely hounded public official since Oliver North. Justice Department sources whispered that the Austrian-born Bloch was not only a...

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