The Nation: The Honorable Schoolboy

An FBI effort to recruit by blackmail backfires

For years intelligence operatives in Moscow and Washington have tended to regard "peaceful coexistence," and more recently detente, as a continuation of the cold war by other means. Spies have used the proliferation of official contacts between East and West to move back and forth, and counterspies have reacted accordingly. Ever since a Soviet-American student exchange program was established in 1958, the FBI, which is responsible for counterespionage in the U.S., has been on the lookout for agents of the Soviet secret police, or KGB, operating...

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