West Germany: Operetta Finale

Kohl settles the Kiessling case

Ever since West German Defense Minister Manfred Wörner announced last month that General Günter Kiessling, 58, had been dismissed from the Bundeswehr because of charges of homosexual activity, the case against the four-star general had been crumbling away like stale cake. Initially, Wörner grandly asserted that Kiessling had been mixing with "criminal elements" at seedy gay bars in Cologne for more than a decade and that this had left him open to blackmail. Kiessling, a bachelor, stoutly denied that he was homosexual or that he had ever visited...

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