West Germany: General Unease

An old soldier won't fade away

When the West German defense ministry last month abruptly announced the early retirement of a four-star general who was one of NATO's two deputy commanders. Bonn buzzed with rumors about why the alliance's high command harbored a security risk. West German Defense Minister Manfred Wörner last week ended the speculation, but added to the uproar. He asserted in a terse televised announcement that General Günter Kiessling, 58, was an active homosexual. In a letter to Kiessling's lawyer, which was not made public but was excerpted in some German newspapers, Wörner said that the general...

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