The man responsible for what the military called the Navy’s biggest betrayal is dead.
John Anthony Walker, the former Senior Warrant Officer from Norfolk who supplied the Soviets with damaging tactical and military data, died in federal prison on Thursday in Butner, North Carolina at age 77.
29 years ago, in 1985, Walker’s career as a spy came to an end in Norfolk Federal Court after his ex-wife Barbara alerted authorities.
Not only did he sell secrets, he also revealed the workings of the crypto in use at that time. I remember when it happened…things were a TOTAL mess for several years afterward until new technology could be fielded.