My Lunch with Felix

A correspondent's very public encounter with a suspected spy

For Felix Bloch it was "just another day," but a meal with him last week at Washington's posh Jockey Club took place under the watchful gaze of FBI agents two tables away, while a posse of reporters and TV cameramen waited outside. Two months have passed since the State Department accused Bloch of contacts with a Soviet agent, setting off a circus of public surveillance but no formal charges. Yet as Bloch sipped a vodka tonic and spoke angrily of the "F Bureau of Incompetents," he seemed little changed from the career foreign-service officer I have known for more than 28...

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