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Portrait of a Traitor

Updated on December 14, 2010

What would possess a human being to commit an act of treason against the land of his or her birth? Is it truly just the money, or some sort of delusional sense of power and control that a traitor seeks out; in a misguided effort to add some sort of “devine purpose” to their existence.

Moving forward please find an excerpt of a document below that exposes the “career” of a spy who shamelessly betrayed The United States Navy and our nation as a whole:

“The Navy's Biggest Betrayal, By John Prados ©2010 U.S. NAVAL INSTITUTE”

“Twenty-five years ago the FBI finally shut off the biggest espionage leak in U.S. Navy history when it arrested former senior warrant officer John A. Walker. To hear the United States' most notorious naval spy tell it, were it not for his ex-wife, Barbara-the weak link his Soviet handlers had warned him about-his espionage might have continued. As it was, however, John Walker's ferreting went on far too long. A few more years and, had he been employed in a conventional job, he could have retired on a pension. Indeed, he already enjoyed a U.S. Navy pension after retiring in 1976 as a senior warrant officer.”

What I find even more perplexing is the fact that on the United States Department of Energy-Office of Counterintelligence website it clearly states: “John Walker is a man who sold out his country during a time of crisis. In 1968, he walked into the Russian Embassy in Washington DC and volunteered to spy for the Russians (he was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia at the time). He had access to teletype traffic that contained various information from birthday greetings to top-secret information on ships, armaments, listening and tracking devices, jet fighters on aircraft and contingency battle plans. For providing this information, Walker was giving $4,000 per month, far exceeding his enlisted pay. Upon Walker's transfer to San Diego in 1969, his access dropped to secret (he was in charge of the radioman school) and so did his monthly pay from the Soviets, to $2,000. He did have access to intelligence information and naval orders, which he passed. It was while Walker was in San Diego, that he decided to recruit his friend, Jerry Whitworth to assist him in his activities.”

John Walker sold out the United States of America, his homeland for four thousand dollars a month; even in the 1960’s and 1970’s 4000 dollars was not a tremendous amount of money. Walker quite simply walked into the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. and of his own free will decided to betray his country for a salary that ranged from $2000 to $4000 a month. My perception of Walker and human beings that share his mindset is that they must suffer from severe mental illness and are a danger to themselves and society as a whole, and thus should be imprisoned indefinitely.

In closing I see the relevance of the Walker case as a lesson learned scenario that should be used as a warning, that although on the surface John Walker fit the role of the “All-American” patriot who served his country and provided for his family; however internally there was a very mentally ill individual. The information he sold to the KGB for “peanuts” put his American brothers-at-arms in harms way! In my opinion the counterintelligence lesson to be learned is quite simply trust no one.

Work Cited:
http://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2010-06/navys-biggest-betrayal

http://www.hanford.gov/oci/ci_spy.cfm?dossier=76


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