Hans V. Tofte, whose celebrated spying career was cut short when classified documents were found in his home in 1966, has died at the age of 76.
The New York Times reported that Tofte died of heart failure at his Gilbertsville, N.Y., home on Aug. 24.
A veteran spy whose undercover activities ranged from Denmark, Albania and the Far East in World War II and to Guatemala and Cuba afterward, Tofte had listed his Washington home for sale in 1966 when, without his knowledge, a fellow CIA agent was shown through.
The agent did not realize that he was being shown through the home of a fellow member of the CIA until he by chance saw some classified material in one of the rooms.
He reported the find to the CIA, which conducted an investigation and then dismissed Tofte.
Tofte defended the papers that fellow Agent Kenneth R. Slocum had seen in his house, contending that it was customary for CIA employees to take documents home.