WEST GERMANY: A Spy in the Closet

While the arrest of a spy is common enough in West Germany, the case that cropped up last week was particularly damaging for Chancellor Willy Brandt. One of Brandt's three personal assistants in the Chancellor's office, Günter Guillaume, 47, was arrested on charges of spying for East Germany.

Guillaume apparently rose to his prominent position in the West German political hierarchy in much the same fashion as other East German spies. Guillaume emigrated to the West as a refugee from Communism in 1956, and joined the Social Democratic Party. He worked his way up to a job with the party apparatus...