Seventy years ago on Nov. 7, the Japanese authorities executed Richard Sorge, a Soviet spy who became a member of the Nazi Party and was operating as a journalist in wartime Tokyo.

He was a raffish, womanizing, hard-drinking party animal who produced intelligence coups that may have helped turn the course of World War II. Although resourceful and productive as both spy and reporter, Sorge often expressed unhappiness while living a stressful clandestine double-life subject to extensive Japanese surveillance.

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