Espionage: The Stupid Spy

To the neighbors around Bay Shore, L.I., Robert Glenn Thompson, 30, seemed average enough—an overweight (6 ft. 2 in., 250 Ibs.) and overworked Air Force veteran who scratched out a living for his German-born wife and three kids by running a home fuel-oil delivery service. Last January, when Thompson was arrested by the FBI and charged with committing "13 overt acts of espionage" for the Russians between 1957 and 1963, the folks in Bay Shore were predictably surprised. Just as predictably, Thompson denied all. But last week he changed his mind, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn,...