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Secretary of Agricul Ture Admits He Made a Mistake in Ladejinsky Case

Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson said today that he had made a mistake in denying security clearance to Wolf Ladejinsky, Jewish land reform specialist. The Secretary was called before a Senate Civil Service Subcommittee, studying the Ladejinsky case and similar security questions.

Mr. Ladejinsky was denied security clearance by the Department of Agriculture last January although he had been cleared by the State Department and had worked as an agricultural attache in Japan for several years under the State Department. Subsequent to Sec. Benson’s ruling, Mr. Ladej insky was hired by Harold Stassen, the former head of the now defunct Foreign Operations Administration and was given a post in Indochina.