Picking Up the Czech

The FBI charges that an ex-CIA translator spied on the U.S.

For someone in a hush-hush occupation, Karl Koecher never seemed very secretive about his work. He would tell acquaintances that he was a CIA employee. And indeed he was, from 1973 to 1977, in Washington and New York City. On a résumé that he assembled earlier this year when he ran for the management board of his ritzy Manhattan apartment building, Koecher described himself as "a consultant on national security matters." That was true too, after a fashion. According to federal authorities, Koecher did have one client, to whom he told...

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