Growing List of Americans Accused of Spying

From a Times Staff Writer

The arrest of retired CIA analyst Larry Wu-tai Chin adds another name to an already lengthy list of U.S. military, defense contracting and intelligence agency employees publicly accused in the last two years in espionage cases. The others are:

-Richard Craig Smith, a former Army counterintelligence agent indicted April 9, 1984, on charges of giving the Soviets the identities of up to six U.S. double agents. He claimed he was working for the CIA.

-Michael T. Tobias, a Navy crewman accused Aug. 22, 1984, of conspiring with Francis X. Pizzo II, Bruce E. Tobias and Dale V. Irene to sell Navy computer codes to Soviet officials in San Francisco.


-Samuel L. Morison, a Navy civilian analyst who worked part-time as U.S. editor of the British journal Jane’s Fighting Ships, arrested in Maryland on Oct. 1, 1984, on charges of giving three classified satellite photos to the magazine. He is appealing his conviction.

-Richard W. Miller, an FBI agent in the Los Angeles field office, accused Oct. 3, 1984, of conspiring with two Soviet emigres to provide classified U.S. documents to Moscow. His trial ended in a hung jury.

-Karl F. Koecher, a former CIA contract employee arrested Nov. 27, 1984, in New York on charges of spying for the Czechoslovakian intelligence service.

-Thomas Patrick Cavanagh, a Northrop Corp. engineer arrested in the City of Commerce on Dec. 18, 1984, and accused of trying to sell to the Soviets documents on “stealth” radar-avoidance technology. He pleaded guilty.

-Robert E. Cordrey, a Marine private convicted by court-martial in North Carolina on Aug. 13, 1984, of trying to sell nuclear, biological and chemical warfare secrets to Soviet and East European agents.

-John A. Walker Jr., a Norfolk, Va., private investigator accused May 20 of conspiring with his son, Michael Walker; his brother, former Navy officer Arthur J. Walker, and his friend, retired Navy officer Jerry A. Whitworth, of spying for the Soviets. John Walker and his son pleaded guilty; Arthur Walker was convicted, and Whitworth still faces trial.


-Sharon Scranage, a CIA clerk from Virginia accused Aug. 11 of passing classified information, including the identities of CIA operatives, through her Ghanaian lover to intelligence officials in Ghana. She pleaded guilty.

-Edward L. Howard, a former CIA employee accused in affidavits made public Oct. 4 of funneling classified information to the Soviets. He is thought to have fled from his home in New Mexico to Moscow.

-Jonathan J. Pollard, a Navy counterintelligence analyst arrested Thursday and accused of spying for a foreign country identified by U.S. officials as Israel. His wife, Anne L. Henderson-Pollard, was arrested Friday.