(Found) Story search—70s story with fortune tellers, aliens, and nuclear disarmament


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Nov 12, 2012
Hi! Looking for a story where the main character is advised by a fortune teller to add an initial to his name. This leads a spy agency to investigate him. Which leads the “other side” to step up research on a nuclear shield. Ultimately, war is prevented, at which point you learn that the fortune teller was an alien vowing to make maximum impact with minimal interference. I read this in the 70s—it could be as early as 50s, from my sense of the style. Ring any bells?
It sounds like "Spell my name with an S", by Isaac Asimov.

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