Espionage: The Mail-Order Spooks

The request sounded legitimate enough to the Public Information Officer of the U.S. Army's 24th Division, stationed in West Germany. And so for months a copy of Taro Leaf, the unit's weekly newspaper, had been neatly stamped, sealed and mailed off to the "Combined Allied Forces Information Center," c/o Post Office Box 14940 in Hong Kong. Since the newspaper was freely handed out in Army commissaries, and even Munich and Augsburg hotel lobbies, nobody at the 24th Division gave the matter a second thought. Neither did anyone at VII Corps headquarters, which happily accepted a similar subscription request for...

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