The World

Nine countries, including the United States, the Soviet Union, East Germany and Israel are preparing the biggest-ever spy swap later this year, a West German newspaper reported. Die Welt, in an article made available in advance of publication today, said that Wolfgang Vogel, an East German lawyer who helped arrange the 1986 exchange that brought Soviet human rights activist Natan Sharansky to the West, recently visited Israel to discuss the upcoming swap. The other countries involved are South Africa, West Germany, Britain, Norway and Iraq, it said.

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