chapter  3
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Heroes or Traitors?

The sodai type that most dearly illustrates the possibility of making heroes out of betrayers is the revealer of dark secrets, where the lifting of the veil is apt to be considered by some people to be a good thing. What the local editor referred to was not the image of Ingvar Bratt in Sweden in its entirety but as a hero to peace organizations and others, and equally as a traitor to the people in Karlskoga. Stanley Adams seems to better fit the image of the martyr. Adams was imprisoned in Switzerland for treason and industrial espionage. Frank Serpico is described in Maas's book as an idealistic young policeman who fought against corruption in the police force. Even if Serpico finally got a lot of attention and was admired by some, he can rather be portrayed as a lonely crusader, who fights in spite of not receiving support.