GREECE: Zealot's End

As he faced the firing squad, in the brown hills outside Athens before dawn last week, there seemed little reason for Nicholas Ploumbides to remain loyal to Communism. Behind him lay 28 years of service to the Red cause; he had been No. 2 man in the Greek Communist Party and chief of its underground espionage system. For more than six years, the tubercular Ploumbides had hidden in the squalid back alleys of Athens, playing cat-and-mouse with police, while he and his illegal spy ring sent information across the border. His sister had been executed for Red activity; his...

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