Press: Closed Door

Rebuking the New York TIMES

After Leslie Gelb resigned as director of the State Department's Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs in 1979, his former employer, the New York Times, welcomed him back as national security correspondent. His stint in Government, after all, had only enhanced his sources. Last week, however, Gelb was declared persona non grata at a key stop on his beat: the Bureau of Politico- Military Affairs. The director, Lieut. General John Chain Jr., who has been cooperative with journalists, ordered his staff not to speak to Gelb again. The reason was a report by Gelb in the Feb. 13 edition of the Times that...

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