A Case of Spy Vs. Spy

And an object lesson in what friendship should not be

Back in the early 1970s, Navy Communications Watch Officer John Walker took a hard look at his best friend Jerry Whitworth and, as he later testified, sized him up as "a possible recruit in the spying business." After more than a decade in the Navy, Walker wanted to retire from the service and was searching for someone who could feed him the kind of inside information that he had been selling to his Soviet contacts at monthly fees ranging from less than $2,000 to $4,000. For three years, said Walker, he spent a great deal of time trying to "subtly explore...

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