Protecting America's Secrets

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Big Year for Spy Cases

The Walker Case and the Spy Trial Surge

Americans May look back on 1985 as the “Year of the Spy.” Federal investigators believe they have broken up one of the most damaging spy rings to be uncovered in decades. John Anthony Walker Jr., the alleged mastermind of a plot to sell U.S. military secrets to the Soviet Union, is scheduled to stand trial in Baltimore beginning Oct. 28. The trials of his son and a close Navy friend will follow. His brother, Arthur James Walker, who has already been convicted of espionage.

Others, including an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), are under indictment for espionage. Over the past 10 years, ...

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