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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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The Humphrey Truong Espionage Case: Part Two

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Having identified Ronald Humphrey as the individual secretly stealing classified documents and turning them over to his Vietnamese go-between, Amb. Quinn describes how he continued to meet with Humphrey at his State Department office. During these conversations, he would endeavor to provide Humphrey with assessments about the status of the negotiations and particularly provide “messages” that he hoped Humphrey would write up and include with the documents he was providing to Hanoi. Amb. Quinn was pleased when he saw a note that Humphrey had drafted based on their previous conversation and which he had given to his Communist handlers. In January 1978, the FBI moved to arrest Humphrey and Truong charging them with espionage. This would lead to the next phase of the case where Amb. Quinn would become even more involved in the prosecution of the two men.

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