The Clerk Who Knew Too Much

An Army sergeant is accused of leading a NATO spy ring

The tip-off, says an American counterintelligence official, came from information collected over many months suggesting that the Warsaw Pact countries possessed "bits and pieces" of top-secret NATO wartime contingency plans. Investigators then discovered proof that Soviet planners had highly classified documents. Last week West German officials arrested retired U.S. Sergeant First Class Clyde Lee Conrad and charged him with being the linchpin in an "especially grave" Soviet intelligence penetration of Western defenses.

Conrad, 41, formerly attached to the headquarters company of the U.S. 8th Infantry Division, allegedly provided Soviet bloc agents with a flow of NATO secrets for a decade or...

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