- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 1, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

NOBLE: Hotel doorman Adam Szpiler, for risking his life chasing down a knife-wielding lunatic.

On Thursday, Mr. Szpiler, a former doorman at a New York hotel, testified in a Manhattan court at the trial of Kenny Alexis, charged with stabbing four people during a 13-hour crime spree in June 2006. Mr. Szpiler described how Alexis, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, attacked a pair of Canadian women with a knife.

“Get the cops here now!”, Mr. Szpiler demanded in a 3 a.m. 911 call for help. Then he gave chase down a Manhattan street after Alexis. Several cab drivers also joined the chase and helped Mr. Szpiler corner Alexis. Police arrested the suspect minutes later. “I don’t know if it was more heroic or stupid,” Szpiler said at Alexis’ trial. That’s an easy question to answer - heroic.

For risking his life to help capture a madman, Adam Szpiler is the Noble of the Week.

Knave: Convicted spy Harold Nicholson, for allegedly recruiting his son to follow in his footsteps.

In 1997, ex-CIA agent Harold Nicholson pleaded guilty to spying for Russia and received a 23-year prison sentence. Now, according to an indictment unsealed on Thursday, Nicholson from his prison cell recruited his son Nathaniel to go into the espionage business for Russia. Prosecutors say the younger Mr. Nicholson was sent to Peru, Mexico and Cyprus to collect money the Russians still owed his father; he allegedly got $35,000 and passed information on to the Russians.

The elder Nicholson made about $300,000 selling classified information to the Russians before his arrest at Dulles International Airport in 1996 while trying to board a plane to Switzerland; authorities said he was carrying classified information intended for a Russian agent. Harold Nicholson was permitted to serve his sentence in a federal prison in Oregon in order to be near his family. The FBI maintains he used that proximity to recruit his son to spy for Moscow. According to court documents, Nicholson also attempted to recruit another inmate to pass information to the Russians, who had a retirement pension waiting for him.

For betraying his country, Harold Nicholson is the Knave of the Week.

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