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The Nation

A retired colonel testifying in the spy trial of a Turkish man said a U.S. soldier accused in the case attracted attention at an Army base in Germany by buying an expensive car for cash. Retired Col. Kenneth Roney’s testimony came on the opening day of the U.S. District Court trial in Savannah, Ga., of Huseyin Yildirim, 61, who is accused of scheming with Army Warrant Officer James W. Hall III to provide military secrets to the Soviets and East Germans. Hall, 30, was court-martialed in March, and pleaded guilty to 10 counts of espionage, attempted espionage and failing to obey Army regulations. Yildirim, who worked as a mechanic on an Army base in Berlin, is charged with conspiring to provide classified information.


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