World: The Man with the Cosmic View

Britain had Burgess and MacLean, the U.S. its Rosenbergs. But for the most part Frenchmen do not spy, or at least they seldom get caught. Last week France joined the mainstream with its biggest spy case since Mata Hari. In custody for passing secrets to the Russians was a chubby, urbane press attache named Georges Paques, 49, who had served both the French High General Staff and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The case was critical because Paques held a "cosmic" security clearance—highest classification for both France and NATO. The man with the cosmic view had access to intelli gence reports,...

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