The CIA hasn't had many triumphs of late, and the death last week of RYSZARD KUKLINSKI, 73, demonstrates just how far the fortunes of America's spymasters have fallen. Kuklinski, an officer on the general staff of Poland's army during the cold war, had unique access to some of the Soviet Union's choicest military secrets—and he passed them on to the enemy as a spy for the CIA. From 1972 to 1981, Kuklinski, whose code name was Gull, copied more than 35,000 pages of classified documents, often using a CIA camera disguised as a cigarette lighter. Perhaps his greatest service was to...

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