Soviet Spymasters: This Day In Espionage - Soviet Spy John Anthony Walker, 28th May 1985

Retired US Navy warrant officer John Anthony Walker and his son USS Nimitz petty officer Michael Lance Walker were arrested then indicted 28th May 1985 Baltimore for espionage, writes Peter Polack.

John Anthony Walker had top secret clearance and sold classified material to the Soviets after initiating contact at the Soviet Embassy Washington with KGB Resident Washington Boris Aleksandrovich Solomatin.

Walker Senior provided cipher cards and technical information for the US KW-7 cipher machine that compromised over a million classified messages. Walker Junior sold information to the Soviets through his father and had fifteen pounds of documents when arrested on the Nimitz.

Walker Senior was exposed by his divorced wife and later when he left documents at a dead drop under FBI surveillance with Soviet Embassy Vice Consul Alexei Gavrilovich Tkachenko nearby. Tkachenko fled the USA via New York on 23rd May 1985. Walker Senior recruited his brother, retired US Navy Lieutenant Commander Arthur James Walker, and US Navy Chief Petty Officer Communication Specialist Jerry Alfred Whitworth to supply technical information.

Aldrich Hazen Ames

John Anthony Walker was exposed by Soviet Embassy Washington Cultural Attache CIA double agent Lieutenant Colonel Valery Fedorovich Martynov and KGB Major Sergei Mikhailovich Motorin who were both exposed in turn by CIA KGB double agent Aldrich Hazen Ames (pictured).

John Anthony Walker was sentenced on 6th November 1986 to two life terms of imprisonment plus 10 years and died in prison on 29th August 2014. He had testified against Whitworth to reduce his son’s sentence.

Michael Lance Walker was sentenced on 6th November 1986 to 25 years imprisonment, being released 16th February 2000 from a Boston halfway house.

Arthur James Walker was sentenced to life imprisonment 12 November 1985 and died in prison on 7th July 2014.

Jerry Alfred Whitworth was sentenced 28th August 1965 to 365 years imprisonment, he is currently 81 years old, is in the Federal prison Atwater in California with a scheduled release date of 15th March 2196.

Peter Polack is a former criminal lawyer in the Cayman Islands for several decades. His books include The Last Hot Battle of the Cold War: South Africa vs. Cuba in the Angolan Civil War (2013), Jamaica, The Land of Film (2017) and Guerrilla Warfare: Kings of Revolution(2019). He was a contributor to Encyclopedia of Warfare (2013).

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