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Fritz Kolbe (alias George Wood) espionage services,
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Consul Wolff in Ankara." Although the card was unfortunately
delayed in transit for over three weeks, and OWI, moreover, commented openly only that it had no employee named Yolland, this bit of ingenuity was apparently successful. Edgar H. Yolland, whom OWI Ankara had fired the preceding August, was given a German passport on 3 April but could never get an exit permit because of U.S. pressure on the Turks.

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Another envelope reached Walter Schuepp first, one enclosing a smaller envelope well sealed and marked "Please speed securely to
Ernesto." Inside were four densely scribbled pages of letter and a small typed slip which
suggested that a magnifying glass be used on the script, listed the personnel of the  Abwehr station in Switzerland, and gave several
other items of information perhaps chosen because theywere heavy with names and numbers. The letter proper, dated 6 March, began by specifying acknowledgement signals: on a post card about winter sports a reference to three ski jumps would mean receipt of both this and the February letter as well as the birthday card; a boast that the writer is no longer a beginner would mean that he had deciphered the birthday card; a remark on the fine weather would mean the reports were useful. The information which followed was again cast in the form of a world survey by country.

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Kolbe himself was impressed with its quantity, and perhaps the difficulty of reading his semi-shorthand; he closed, "Poor fellow who has
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Posted: May 08, 2007 08:05 AM
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