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Moscow Reports Defection of U.S. Intelligence Expert on Mid-east

The Soviet Government newspaper “Izvestia” reported today that an Arab born former employe of the U.S. National Security Agency in Washington, who specialized in the Arab-Israel area, has defected to Russia and asked political asylum because he was “outraged” by American policies in the Near East.

He was identified as Victor Norris Hamilton (born “Hindala”), 44 years old, and a graduate of the American University of Beirut. He was said to be an expert in the U.S.A. Near Eastern Intelligence Section known as “Allo,” and his responsibilities were said to have included the United Arab Republic, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, and other regional countries.