Developments Fast in Breaking Spy Ring With PM-Spy Case Rdp Bjt
Jun. 06, 1985
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Here is a chronology of events in the formation and investigation of what the FBI says is a spy ring run by John A. Walker Jr. that has sold military secrets to the Soviet Union for 20 years.
-1965 or 1966: ''Walker began his espionage activities sometime about 1966-68 while enlisted in the U.S. Navy,'' FBI informants say in an affidavit.
-1969-71: Walker is communications officer at Submarine Forces Atlantic headquarters in Norfolk. In 1969 and again in 1971, the FBI says, Walker goes to the Washington area and leaves a paper bag near a tree alongside a road.
An FBI informant says the bag contained classified documents and that Walker received $35,000 cash on one of the trips.
-1970-71: Walker and Jerry A. Whitworth are assigned to the Navy's Radioman ''A'' school at the Naval Training Center in San Diego.
-1973: Arthur Walker retires from the Navy.
-1975-1976: John Walker becomes staff communicatons officer at Naval Surface Forces Atlantic in Norfolk.
-1976: John Walker retires from the Navy and is divorced from Barbara Joy Crowley in Durham, N.C.
-1978: John Walker's daughter, Laura, enlists in the Army and spends a year at Fort Polk, La. FBI affidavits say during that time her father tried to recruit her into the spy ring.
-1982: Michael Walker enlists in the Navy.
-1983: Whitworth retires from the Navy.
-May-August 1984: The FBI receives three letters from ''RUS, Somewhere, USA,'' offering to help expose a ''significant espionage system'' in exchange for immunity. RUS, whom the FBI believe is Whitworth, later withdrew the offer.
-Late 1984: Barbara Crowley Walker and Laura Walker Snyder tip off the FBI to the alleged spying activities, Mrs. Walker says.
-Early 1985: The FBI in Norfolk begins surveillance of John Walker and taps the phones in his home, office and boat.
-May 19: FBI agents follow John Walker from Norfolk to Potomac, Md., lose contact at 5 p.m., pick him up again at 7:45 p.m. and observe him get out of his van near a tree with a ''no hunting'' sign at 8:37 p.m.
At 9:31 p.m., an agent finds a paper bag next to the same tree. In it is an envelope with 129 secret Navy documents, a note, two letters and a film strip. Agents also see Soviet Vice Consul Aleksey Gavrilovich Tkachenko nearby.
-May 20: Walker is arrested in Rockville, Md., and held without bond.
-May 21: Michael Walker is detained for questioning aboard the Nimitz in Haifa, Israel.
-May 22: Michael Walker is arrested and charged with espionage. Tkachenko leaves the United States.
-May 28: John and Michael Walker are indicted in Baltimore on espionage charges.
-May 29: Arthur Walker is arrested at his Virginia Beach home.
-June 3: Whitworth surrenders in San Francisco. Arthur Walker asks for a court-appointed lawyer. Two lawyers are assigned and win a postponement of his prelimanary hearing until June 12.
-June 4: John and Michael Walker plead innocent. The IRS places a lien on John Walker's assets, saying he owes $250,000 in personal income taxes.