Defection: No Jumping in Line

No Jumping in Line

He needed help, and in a hurry. But a Soviet military intelligence analyst who wanted to defect to the West recently was almost not allowed to. When this official approached the gates of the U.S. embassy in Tunis, he attempted to make himself understood to the Marine guard. The befuddled guard pointed toward the visa section. The official dutifully took his place at the end of a lengthy queue of Tunisians submitting their visa applications. Soon, he became jumpy; the KGB might already be on his tail. He approached the officer in charge, who promptly ushered the upstart back to the...

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