New Trench Coats?

The cold war may be over, but intelligence agencies are still fighting for bigger budgets as they redeploy forces and shift priorities

The practice of deception is the art of survival for spies. For the past three years, a West German cryptographer named Heinz-Helmuth Werner worked in the very heart of NATO headquarters in Brussels, dealing with the codes and secret signals that masked the classified information of the Western alliance. No one questioned his reliability. Two weeks ago, however, his cover was blown. Acting on a tip from West German intelligence, Belgian police searched Werner's home in a Brussels suburb and found transmitting devices and false- bottomed suitcases, as well as top-secret NATO documents. Werner is suspected of having been a spy...

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