American: Notes ESPIONAGE Seen a Spy? Call the FBI

Notes ESPIONAGE Seen a Spy? Call the FBI

In John le Carre's fictional world of spy vs. spy, the good spooks outfox the bad spooks by dealing in deceit and deception. In the real world of counterespionage, the FBI is taking a much more candid approach. This month it began running an unusual help-wanted ad in a Russian-language newspaper in New York City to make a very public plea: anyone having "direct knowledge of KGB methods or operations" should call or write the nearest FBI office. The ad provides telephone numbers, including that of a counterintelligence section conveniently manned by Russian-speaking agents.

The appeal is directed at the roughly...

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