Foreign News: Court v. Embassy

A slippery spy was John Jacob Napp, who kept a Buenos Aires waterfront saloon. Arrested, he sang on his boss as well as his subordinates (TIME, Dec. 28) and last week furnished Argentina's Supreme Court with evidence necessary to open legal proceedings against German Naval Attaché Captain Dietrich Niebuhr. At the request of the Court, the Foreign Office demanded that the German Embassy waive Niebuhr's diplomatic immunity and permit him to stand trial.

This put the German Embassy in a hole. If the Embassy agreed, Niebuhr's conviction seemed inevitable; if it refused, the spying captain would be self-convicted by implication, and...

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