Betrayal : the spy Canada abandoned by David Kilgour

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On the other hand, if he escaped, Interpol would search for him because of the nature of his offense. From that moment on, Paszkowski toyed with the idea of escape. He could not go into it unprepared. He would need documents and money in order to elude the German police and Interpol. He made some money selling illegal alcohol to inmates who didn't have day passes to work outside. As customers paid him four times the price of a bottle, Paszkowski managed to put money aside, but hardly enough to carry out any lofty plans.

Wolfgang was already there doing six to seven years for spying. This time, the two Poles were not kept isolated from each other as before, but were even given adjacent cells. One guard who prided himself on knowing everything about everybody, who was known as the prison's `ear', did not like the exceptional friendship of Paszkowski and Staszek. He kept asking Paszkowski questions about Staszek and was irritated when Ryszard refused to respond and sent him to Staszek for answers. The guard's frustration at being unable to find any gossip about the newest inmates was probably the catalyst that caused Paszkowski's eventual removal from Landsberg prison.

You've been approved by Ottawa," he said. "We have a new security service agency, CSIS, and you will be working with them. " A clerk then entered and handed a file to the Mountie who handed me a few pages to read. The text was in Polish. It was my new biography. He told me to read through it carefully and if I had any reservations about anything to let him know immediately. My new name was Robert Fisher - an odd choice for a Pole. "Not typically Polish," I told him. " The Mountie assured me that it wouldn't be a problem and the name though rare in Poland did exist.

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