This is one of those stories you just couldn't make up. According to this in the Times story, this bloke who pretended to be "The Earl of Buckingham" but was using the fake ID of a dead child, might be an East German spy. In other words, a "sleeper" agent inserted by the commies into the decadent West to spring into action come the glorious day. When the Cold War ended, so the theory goes, he had nowhere to go so continued living his life as a "sleeper." Apparent there were hundreds of them, it must be true it's in a News International publication. Now, maybe I'm missing something here but imagine the East German Intelligence Service Academy. It is the early 1980's. Instructor: So, Klaus, your legend is that of an English aristocrat with a title that doesn't exist. You will use a dodgy method of obtaining a false passport made famous in numerous spy novels. Are you ready to serve the Fatherland? Spy: Ja mein Instruktor! So, nice theory but my money is one the "dodgy walt" explanation. V!