Celebrate -- and answer some espionage questions

What will surely rank as one of the stranger moments this year, the centenary celebration of W. H. Auden's birth:

On Thursday, Britain's MI5 released files about the agency's failure to get Auden to answer questions about his possibly aiding the 1951 escape of the Cambridge spies -- Guy Burgess and Donald McLean -- from England.

March 4, 2007 6:57 PM |



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