World: Overloaded Circuits

For years, the security shield that protects the top-secret information of the West German government has had the reputation of being as full of holes as a slab of Tilsit. In fact, classified documents are so readily available in Bonn these days that a good spy need only read the daily papers. Two weeks ago, entire sections of the highly classified draft treaty between West Germany and the Soviet Union were printed in the Bildzeitung, a sheet whose ordinary preoccupations range from sex to crime.

The Bonn government was furious, but hardly surprised. Last March, after police arrested a matronly secretary who...

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