WEST GERMANY: Spies with Many Secrets

Bonn owns up to the biggest espionage loss since World War II

When West German counterintelligence agents swooped down on 16 East German spy suspects one night 18 months ago, the mass roundup was cheered as evidence that Bonn had finally found ways to ferret out the myriad espionage agents in its midst and plug the embarrassing flow of government secrets to the East. The cheers, it now appears, were premature. Last week the highly regarded Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung revealed contents of a secret Defense Ministry evaluation showing that Communist spying had...

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