GREECE: Escape by Red Carpet

Shortly before noon, the Luftwaffe JetStar landed at Athens airport and taxied over to the sector operated by the U.S. Air Force. Ostensibly, the JetStar was on a routine diplomatic courier mission, and the three crew members told Greek officials not to bother with passports: "We will be leaving shortly." Then two passengers—a German army major in uniform and a young woman —got off and drove in to Athens.

Just as the plane arrived, the Athens Court of Misdemeanors happened to be hearing the case of Prisoner George-Alexander Mangakis, 49. Mangakis, who was serving an 18-year prison term for attempting...

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