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Ex-KGB agent tells of his spying

The Federal Bureau of Investigation brought a former Soviet intelligence agent before reporters Monday to tell how he had spent a number of years spying in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.

The agent, identified as Col. Rudolph Albert Herrmann of the KGB, appeared in profile behind a screen in the FBI headquarters auditorium, his voice distorted electronically, Monitor correspondent John Yemma reports. The event was an apparent attempt to embarrass the Soviet Union, one official noted.

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Colonel Herrmann gathered mostly nonclassified military and political information on the United States, including US presidential candidates. He lived in New York with his wife and son, operated a free-lance photography business, and traveled freely about the country.

While much of his information was considered "tame" by intelligence experts, Homer Boyton, an FBI spokesman, said that as a KGB agent who entered the country illegally Colonel Herrmann could have become a much more important spy in case of a break in US-Soviet diplomatic relations. Mr. Boyton said Colonel Herrmann was apprehended because of a KGB blunder. After being discovered, he agreed to cooperate as a double agent for the Americans, feeding the Soviet Union false information. He is being resettled in an undisclosed part of the country, with a new identity provided by the FBI.


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