Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Release Ends Man's Grim Wait for Justice.(Editorial Page)


For eight months, the wheels of justice turned excruciatingly slowly for U.S. businessman and former Navy officer Edmond Pope, 54, as he languished in a Russian prison known for its cold in winter, sweltering summers and poor food. On a rare visit, his wife found him "very pale" with "gray, green skin" and high blood pressure. She feared a rare form of bone cancer, in remission when Pope arrived in Moscow, had returned. But in this grim prison, aspirin was Pope's only treatment.

Last week, after a seven-week trial, Pope was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 20 years in prison even though the key witness against him had recanted, and the defense produced evidence the maritime blueprints Pope bought for his business were not secret, but had been sold and published widely. …

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