Secretaries wanted—badly

"It's not your wife who now wonders I whether she can trust your secretary," gloomed one West German chancery official last week. "Now you ask yourself the question."

That bit of gallows humor was part of Bonn's reaction to the Federal Republic's latest espionage scandal. In the past two weeks, six West German secretaries of high-ranking officials have been accused of spying for East Germany. The most recent suspect is Helga Rödiger, 44, who worked for Manfred Lahnstein, state secretary in the Finance Ministry and Bonn's top expert on monetary affairs. Last week, after she...

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