BRITAIN: Tinker Bell Lives

And she is still eavesdropping

The curtain of the fairy chamber opens slightly, and Tink, who has doubtless been eavesdropping, tinkles a laugh of scorn.

The Tinker Bell in J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan was an impishly playful pixie.

Last week Britons were shocked and titillated by tales of a far more ominous "Tinker Bell": an innocuous-looking five-story post office building, aptly code-named after the eavesdropping fairy, that reportedly houses an extensive government telephone-tapping operation behind its tightly drawn white curtains.

The Tinker Bell story first appeared in the leftist weekly New Statesman, which...

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