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Report: US to Honor German-Soviet Spies

Two German agents set to be posthumously honored by the United States for their role in World War II were in fact Soviet spies who informed on their supposed American allies, a report said here on Friday. Anton Ruh and Paul Lindner are to receive the Silver Star for their work for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA, in the final months of the war in 1945, Der Spiegel magazine reported in an advance extract of Monday's issue. It was their job to contact other opponents of Adolf Hitler and supply information to the Allies to pinpoint bombing targets. New York Senator Hillary Clinton is among those who have pushed for the men, who died in the 1960s, to receive the honor from US President George W. Bush. The magazine said its research had shown Ruh and Lindner were in fact supplying information on the OSS to the Soviet Union and later lived and worked in then communist East Germany.