ESPIONAGE: The Mounties Get Their Man

And the KGB loses out in a double-agent sting

It was designed as a textbook cloak-and-dagger intelligence operation. Clandestine meetings were arranged by passing filmed instructions that were stuffed inside a hollow stick or in a specially designed pack of Marlboro cigarettes. There were coded passwords and complex secret-signal systems. Using these elaborate precautions, the Soviet mission in Ottawa must have felt secure as KGB agents within the embassy seemed to have recruited a spy from Canada's equivalent of the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. For nine months, in fact, a...

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