John Anthony Walker

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John Anthony Walker
John Anthony Walker.jpg
John Anthony Walker circa 1985
Born(1937-07-28)July 28, 1937
DiedAugust 28, 2014(2014-08-28) (aged 77)
NationalityUnited States
OccupationUnited States Navy Chief Warrant Officer and communications specialist[1]
Private investigator
Spouse(s)Barbara Crowley (divorced)
MotiveFinancial gain

John Anthony Walker Jr. (July 28, 1937 – August 28, 2014) was an American criminal and spy. He served as a United States Navy Chief Warrant Officer and communications specialist. He was convicted of spying on the United States working for the Soviet Union from 1968 to 1985.[1]

After Walker's arrest, Caspar Weinberger, President Ronald Reagan's Secretary of Defense, concluded that the Soviet Union made significant gains in naval warfare attributable to Walker's spying.

Walker died August 28, 2014, while still in prison. He would have been eligible for parole in 2015.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Recent US Spy Case Archived 2008-12-10 at the Wayback Machine CNN. Accessed November 16, 2007.
  2. Denise M.Watson (29 August 2014). "Spy ring mastermind John Walker dies in N.C. prison". Archived from the original on 31 August 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2014.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • John Barron; Breaking the Ring: The Bizarre Case of the Walker Family Spy Ring; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987, ISBN 0-395-42110-1
  • Howard Blum; I Pledge Allegiance: The True Story of the Walkers: an American Spy Family; Simon & Schuster Books, 1987, ISBN 0-671-62614-0
  • Kneece, Jack; Family Treason: The Walker Spy Case; Paperjacks, 1988, ISBN 0-7701-0793-1
  • Robert W. Hunter; Spy Hunter: Inside the FBI Investigation of the Walker Espionage Case; Naval Institute Press, 1999, ISBN 1-55750-349-4
  • Pete Earley; Family of Spies: Inside the John Walker Spy Ring; Bantam Books, 1989, ISBN 0-553-28222-0
  • "The Navy's Biggest Betrayal", Naval History Magazine
  • Walker, John Anthony; My Life As a Spy; Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2008, ISBN 978-1-59102-659-4
  • Walker, Laura; Daughter of Deceit: The Human Drama Behind the Walker Spy Case; W Pub Group, 1988, ISBN 978-0849906596