Defectors: High-Wire Acts

High-Wire Acts

Ever since he dodged FBI surveillance in New Mexico last September, the ex-CIA officer and suspected spy Edward Lee Howard was expected to turn up in the Soviet Union. Last week he did just that, in print anyway, when a Soviet newspaper reported that Howard had been given political asylum. Said a Justice Department official tersely: "There's really not much we can say. We screwed up and he got away."

Howard wasn't the only defector last week. While the Soviets gained a spy, the U.S. took in a husband-and-wife high-wire duo from the prestigious Moscow Circus. Bertalina Kazakova and Nikolai Nikolsky...

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