Whenever an international spy story hit the headlines, a number of local residents engrossed. After all, this town is the site of Camp Peary, the main training ground for new CIA intelligence officers and a favored retirement place for former CIA officials.
The recent report about a retired Austrian colonel suspected of working for Russian intelligence since the 1990s was felt here. The colonel provided Moscow with information about all aspects of the Austrian military and, according to news reports, he was paid more than 300,000 euros for his almost 20-year service.
This brought back stories of what was called “The Redl Affair.”
On May 25, 1913, Col. Alfred Redl, one of...