West Germany Spies, Spies and More Spies

Kohl moves to limit the damage as the scandal widens

Consider the cast of characters: 1) a trusted secretary seduced 17 years ago by an East German agent whom she has served faithfully ever since as a spy in the West German President's office, 2) a senior counterespionage official who thwarts a kidnaping attempt in Austria by a friend he met in a Cologne sauna, 3) a mysterious woman who places an obituary notice in the London Times for three people who never existed.

That tangled web of espionage might have made for amusing reading had it emerged from the pages of a spy novel. Instead it leaped from the headlines...

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