NORWAY: One Slight Mistake

Behind the closed doors of an Oslo courtroom, seven judges were trying Communist Asbjoern Sunde, a wartime resistance hero, for transmitting Norwegian military secrets, passports and police cards to the Russian embassy. The prosecution built a seemingly airtight case: eyewitnesses testified that they had seen Sunde hand over papers to a Soviet attaché at obscure rendezvous; Sunde's sister-in-law and a friend acknowledged that he had asked them for their passports. But after two weeks of testimony, Sunde perked up and announced cockily: "I've been playing with the police, but now I'm tired. The only proof involves passports and false...

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