Magazine Article

Jeffrey H. Norwitz, "The True Story of a Navy Espionage Case," The Gold Shield Magazine. Volume 2013, No 2, Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent Association


OPERATION TOUCHDOWN: THE TRUE STORY OF A NAVY ESPIONAGE CASE


"The year was 1988.  The “Cold War” was raging.  And January temperatures in Moscow were as frigid as relations between the US and USSR.  In warm Kremlin offices, Soviet spymasters were elated.  The past four years were an unprecedented success stealing American secrets.  Traitors such as Morrison, Howard, Pelton, Pollard, Walker, Whitworth, and Lonetree delivered the Soviets an exceptional understanding of US intelligence and military operations.  Some Russians even believed that if war broke out, espionage had given them guaranteed victory over the decadent West.  Yet, as KGB leaders congratulated themselves, a message arrived from their Consulate in San Francisco reporting the conviction of a US Navy sailor for espionage.  The local newspaper revealed a scheme to pass submarine secrets to their embassy in the Philippines.  But a Navy spy had been caught before he consummated the crime.  Angered, the Kremlin learned how they were cheated from receiving a stunning cache of classified documents by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the FBI."


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