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John A. Walker Jr. dies at 77; masterminded family spy operation
John A. Walker Jr. dies at 77; masterminded family spy operation

John A. Walker Jr., a convicted spy who masterminded a family operation that sold military secrets for nearly two decades and enabled the Soviet Union to decipher more than 1 million classified messages sent and received by U.S. Navy vessels, has died in a prison hospital. He was 77. His death Thursday at a penitentiary in Butner, N.C., was confirmed by Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke. The cause was not disclosed. The FBI arrested Walker in 1985, along with his son Michael, brother Arthur and best friend Jerry Whitworth. Arthur died at the same prison hospital in July. Officials said it was one of the most damaging U.S. espionage rings ever uncovered. John Walker was...

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