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A History of the Olympic Spy Games

Austin Duckworth
Board of Contributors
Jun 12, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
The Olympic flag flying at half-mast in the Olympic Stadium in Munich during the Sept. 6, 1972, memorial service for the Israeli athletes who were killed by terrorists the day before.
The Olympic flag flying at half-mast in the Olympic Stadium in Munich during the Sept. 6, 1972, memorial service for the Israeli athletes who were killed by terrorists the day before.
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In the last half of the 20th century, the leaders of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have pushed to elevate the Olympics above the realm of international politics. The games, according to those who made the argument, constituted a space beyond the squabbles among nations. But geopolitical reality meant that those lofty ideals often went unmet. ...

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