A Spy's Unhappy Household

Family squabbles undid an espionage ring

The most damaging spy operation in the U.S. in nearly four decades was exposed, curiously, through a mundane child-custody fight. Barbara Walker, the ex-wife, and Laura Snyder, the daughter, of accused Spymaster John A. Walker Jr., disclosed last week that Laura's efforts to regain her five-year-old son led them to report Walker to the FBI. The two women provided new details of the family's past, revealing some oddly twisted values. Although Barbara knew her husband was selling secrets to the Soviets, she seemed equally concerned that he was using his espionage activities as an alibi for romantic travels with other women....

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