The Nation

A Soviet passenger plane believed carrying an expelled Soviet Embassy air force attache whom FBI agents caught trying to dig up U.S. military secrets in a Maryland woods last week left New York for Moscow. The plane was believed to be carrying Col. Vladimir Makarovich Izmaylov, his wife and family. Officials could not confirm that Izmaylov was aboard the plane, but one official in Washington said no delay was anticipated in expelling the Soviet official. FBI agents captured Izmaylov, 43, late Thursday night trying to dig up classified documents they had planted at a wooded "dead drop" in Fort Washington, Md., outside Washington.

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