The Press: Undercoverage

In Russian Tass stands for Telegraf-noye agentsvo SSSR—Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union. But to the long-suffering West it has come to spell espionage. Since the end of World War II Tass correspondents have been exposed as Russian secret agents in Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands and Australia. In Washington last week a onetime Russian military intelligence officer told the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee how much of the Tass iceberg lies beneath the surface: he estimated that 80% to 85% of the 200 Tassmen based in 40 bureaus around the world are spies.

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