The Press: D'ye Ken John Peet?

To his friends and acquaintances, shy, scarecrow-thin John Peet was not easy to ken. At 34, he had gone through an odd succession of careers: enlisted man in Britain's crack Brigade of Guards, English teacher in Prague, private in the Spanish Civil War's International Brigade, policeman in Palestine, chief Berlin correspondent for Reuters news agency. Some people considered John Peet insecure, haunted and unhappy; others regarded him as witty, well-informed and likable. Allied officials in Berlin had privately marked him down as a Communist or at least a fellow traveler, who passed information to the East Germans in exchange for news...

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