Espionage: Lonetree Goes On Trial

Lonetree Goes On Trial

The Marine spy scandal has largely fizzled away in spasms of dropped charges and repudiated testimony. But last week the Marines began the court martial of Sergeant Clayton Lonetree for espionage and disclosure to the Soviets of the identities of U.S. agents, while he served as a guard at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Though Lonetree could be sentenced to life in prison, his actual crime, says Defense Attorney William Kunstler, was merely to have fallen in love with Violetta Seina, a Soviet translator at the embassy.

As the trial began, the White House received a classified study by a team...