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Author Le Carre Discusses Career

December 27, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ John Le Carre says his taste for espionage was whetted during his days as a teen-age gofer for a British diplomat.

``I thought I was absolutely the male version of Mata Hari,″ the best-selling spy author said in a BBC-TV interview broadcast Tuesday.

Le Carre was later recruited into Britain’s intelligence network.

``It was entering the priesthood; it was the call,″ said Le Carre, 69. ``I really believed at last that I had found a cause I could serve.″

``The Spy Who Came in From the Cold″ became a success on publication in 1963 and apparently led to the end of Le Carre’s government service.

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