Bonn's embarrassing reputation of being the leakiest capital in Europe inevitably provokes a certain sympathy from security-minded government officials everywhere. West Germany's state secrets are stolen with benumbing regularity by one or another of the country's estimated 16,000 foreign agents, while other bits of classified information have a way of turning up in the headlines of the nation's newspapers and flashy illustrateds. Until last week, however, nobody could recall a case in Bonn—or anywhere else, for that matter—in which a foreign power was thoughtful enough to return a set of secret files to the country from which it had...

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