Professor Frederick C. Barghoorn of Yale University arrive in the United States Sunday (17 November)?
Professor Frederick C. Barghoorn of Yale University arrive in the United States Sunday (17 November) after 16 days as a prisoner in the Soviet Union. He held a news conference at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut (southern New England) shortly after his arrival and told reporters that he had no idea why the Soviet government decided to arrest him. He said he had been frequently interrogated, but added: "Within the terms of their system, I was well treated."
Professor Barghoorn was arrested by Soviet authorities as he was leaving the Metropole Hotel in central Moscow and confined in Lubyanka Prison. He was accused of espionage. After strong protests by U.S. President John Kennedy and the U.S.State Department he was suddenly released and expelled from the Soviet Union. The Soviet Government announced the release, citing President Kennedy's "personal concern" but insisted that the Professor had acted like a spy. The U.S. President had denied that the Professor had been on an intelligence mission of any sort, and warned that the arrest could have a most serious effect on U.S.-U.S.S.R. relations.
The Professor declined to discuss details of his arrest and imprisonment. Following the news conference, however, he gave some details in an exclusive interview with NBC News.