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Publication: Abilene Reporter News February 11, 1962

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1962, Abilene, Texas SVTIVQ "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR AM36 HIIJOHDIH 81ST YEAR, NO, 239 ABILENE, TEXAS, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 11, PAGES IN FIVE SECTIONS Associated Press U2 Pilot Francis Powers Released FlierTraded For Red Spy Related stories, pictures, Pg. C-A By DOUGLAS B. CORNELL WASHINGTON (AP) U2 flier Francis Clary Powers, freed dramalicallv and unexpectedly in f.rlcncls ear: 61 and 31. Sur.iet last Llahl: sunrise today: sujistl lonleh'.: llarumclor mailing al 9 p.m.: 28.19. Humidity al 3 p.m.: 36vfcer months )H d SoVJCt cent. fingers crossed while wailing for amicable gestures of more size and significance. Just four days ago, Powers' wife was saying at .Milledgcvillc. Ga.. that she had bad a letter from her husband and that he was despondent because Soviet offi- cials had mid trim there was no hope for clemency or a parole because of the "seriousness and' gravity of his crime." She hart been planning to make a two-mould visit (o (ha Soviel Union this summer, even without any. assurances that she might see Powers. Tho. flier, 32, had spent 21 lets he sent them. The pilot's wife, Barbara, broke into tears of joy. "I'm so happy. My heart is See POWERS, I'g. 4-A, Cols. 5, 6 MP FKKDEI'.IC PUYOIt irecil student U.S. Student Turned Loose By Russians y air. lo a reception lo he hroudod in secrecy and uncer- ain official warmth. Abel disappeared behind the after 'owcrs left here Saturday night by car for a rendezvous with heir son at an undisclosed loca- family, said then Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Powers, accompanied by a Stale Depart- ment represent alive, left lhisivil'n" southwest Virginia area secretly 1''1C SOTITON, pa.jparlment who met with him of U2 pilot Francis Gary-private. that of Powers for Abel. Reliable informants said U.S. authorities held up Ihe exchange nf Powers and AM in a West Berlin suburb fur 20 minulcs while an American checked to see if Pryor had come safely through "Checkpoint Charlie." a dozen j miles away in inidtown Berlin. i Then the word camu from the U.S. Army checkpoint (hat Pryor had come through and had joined is parents. Mr. and Mrs. Millard McAfee, who many times has jj. Prvor Df Alin Arbor acted ns a spokesman for bccn wailing in West .ion in the Washington area. !chance" the reunion of (be pilot a remote Berlin for a month. and his family will lake place here or a'. SDIIIG oilier secluded Only Ihctt was the Powers-Abel exchange made, and (lie word flashed to Kennedy, who had been shortly before a p.m. Their departure was announced jy the" Powers family attorney, Carl McAfee.-about an hour after hey left. McAfee declined to dis- waiting

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: February 11, 1962