Corporate Cloak and Dagger

New efforts are under way to stop an epidemic of industrial espionage

Albert Franz Kessler, 39, a well-to-do Swiss citizen with business interests in Southern California, was among the passengers boarding the London-bound Trans World Airlines jetliner in Los Angeles last May 28. Wearing crisply pressed slacks and a sports shirt, Kessler was looking forward to a relaxing flight as he waited in line to board his plane. But suddenly he spotted two U.S. customs agents at the door of the Boeing 747. All at once nervous, he tried to back away from the...

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