ESPIONAGE: A Rumanian Defects

Was Ion Pacepa a "mole"?

The slim, bespectacled Rumanian trade official's visit to Cologne seemed routine. After checking into the Inter-Continental Hotel one day last July, he spent the week negotiating an agreement for his country to produce a West German transport plane. Then, on the eve of his scheduled return to Bucharest, Ion Pacepa, 50, disappeared. Mystified Rumanian diplomats asked the Cologne police to investigate, but the search turned up no clues. Pacepa had vanished without a trace.

In fact, Pacepa was no ordinary economic envoy. He was a lieutenant general in the Rumanian security police and a close confidant...

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