ESPIONAGE: The Garbage Collector

Why such a hurry? That is what FBI agents wondered when a Soviet official whom they suspected of being an intelligence agent sought permission on short notice to travel from Washington to New York. Once the permission had been granted, FBI agents followed him to see what he was up to. On a smoggy Saturday evening, July 21, he walked into the lobby of a public building in Queens and paced anxiously back and forth. Two agents kept watch.

Just before 6 p.m., a man in a business suit strode briskly into the lobby and headed for a telephone booth....

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