Where Spies Are Superstars

Understandably enough, the Walker spy scandal is an occasion for American self-examination and self-criticism. The revelations are being pondered for what they say about how democracy sometimes allows human venality to thrive and vital state secrets to perish. But there is another lesson in the whole shocking, sordid affair. It is a reminder that spying comes naturally to the Soviet Union in a way that is difficult for Americans to understand.

For most in the West, notably including political leaders, spying is deemed necessary largely because everyone does it, but it is relegated to the shadowy sidelines of the more legitimate...

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