PUBLISH OR PERISH

THE UNABOMBER'S TREATISE ON SOCIETY CAUSES ANGUISH AT TWO NEWSPAPERS, BUT MAY HELP THE FBI

College professors as a rule do not lead swashbuckling lives. But some 50 or 60 of them last week were given a chance to help in the pursuit of the nation's most wanted serial killer. The FBI gave them copies of the notorious Unabomber's 35,000-word screed against technology, the same document the terrorist mailed on June 24 to the New York Times, the Washington Post and Penthouse (which had previously offered to publish it). Since then, both papers have been fretting over the bargain the Unabomber proposed: publish the tract in toto within three months--and promise to make space available afterward...

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