World: An Undercover Talleyrand

The road to espionage is rarely paved with good intentions. Most of the "agents" working the dark corners of the cold war were lured there by simple greed or forced there by blackmail. But in the case of French Spy Georges Paáques, the motive was sheer do-goodism, complicated by a dash of intellectual vanity.

Since the Suûreteé blew his cover last year (TIME, Oct. 4), the chubby, urbane French press attacheé to NATO had been busy preparing his rationale. Last week, at his trial before a state security court in Paris, he unveiled it....

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