Espionage: The Biggest Net

A big element in Moscow's effort to squeeze West Berlin has been Nikita Khrushchev's complaint that Berlin and West Germany form one vast launching pad for spies. In support of that charge, a wave of spy cases has appeared in the Soviet courts since early September, when Marvin Makinen, a 22-year-old American studying in West Germany, drew eight years in prison for allegedly photographing military installations while on a tour of Russia. In rapid-fire order, two Dutchmen and two West Germans were grabbed, sentenced and jailed on similar charges.

Last week two...

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