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Jean-Louis Jeanmaire; Swiss Spy for Soviets

February 01, 1992

Jean-Louis Jeanmaire, 81, the former brigadier general who was convicted in 1977 of passing Swiss military secrets to the Soviet Union and spent 12 years in prison. A secret military court convicted Jeanmaire of passing data to Soviet diplomats in Bern between 1962 and 1975. The government said he handed over details on mobilization plans for Switzerland's militia army. He was sentenced to 18 years but won early release for good conduct, and last year again was in the limelight as the inspiration for John Le Carre's spy novel "The Unbearable Peace." In Bern on Wednesday.

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