West Germany the Counterspy Who Was a Spy

Bonn faces its biggest espionage scandal in a decade

Hans Joachim Tiedge, 48, a top West German counterintelligence officer, had a drinking problem, and colleagues said he was still depressed over his wife's death three years ago. So no one in his office was surprised last Monday morning when Tiedge called in sick. But he did not respond to phone calls and, on Wednesday, his daughters reported him missing to the police. Even then, Tiedge's employers clung to the possibility that his personal problems might have driven him to suicide. It turned out to be wishful thinking. Last Friday at 10:25 a.m., under the heading of the official East German...

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