Russia: Fumigating the Fumigator

In the shadowy world of espionage, grim duels are forever under way but rarely surface except in spy fiction. Last week the world was treated to a real-life drama worthy of any thriller.

The hero was Electronics Expert Horst Schwirkmann, 36, who, as West Germany's leading fumigator of mechanical bugs, had for ten years been a roving sleuth seeking out such pests as illicit wiretaps on telephones of Bonn's missions behind the Iron Curtain. Schwirkmann's work load was understandably heavy in Moscow, where this year the U.S. embassy alone discovered 40 hidden Russian microphones. Schwirkmann ferreted out a covey of...

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