Damming a Leak

Photo filcher found guilty

When Samuel Loring Morison, a ship analyst at the U.S. Naval Intelligence Support Center in Suitland, Md., noticed three photos of a Soviet aircraft carrier lying on a colleague's desk, he thought they might be of interest to Jane's Defense Weekly, a British magazine. Morison, a part-time editor of a sister publication, filched the photos, which had been taken by an American KH-11 satellite, clipped the "Secret" markings off the corners and mailed the pictures to London.

Such disclosures are often called leaks, but to a Government plagued by spy scandals, Morison's action was a crime. The Reagan Administration used the...

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