Spy Woes: Retractions hurt the Navy's case

Retractions hurt the Navy's case

After weeks of sensational revelations about U.S. guards sneaking Soviet spies into the American embassy in Moscow, the Marine spy case appears to be stalled. As a postponement was announced last week in a pretrial hearing for Corporal Arnold Bracy, who had confessed to helping Sergeant Clayton Lonetree allow KGB agents into the embassy, defense lawyers were crowing that the Navy has no case against the two Marines.

Bracy has retracted the confession he made in March, maintaining that agents of the Naval Investigative Service coerced the statement from him during three days of grueling interrogation. Another retraction came from Corporal...

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