Arrests Espionage

Listing of 72 military personnel, civilian employees and foreign nationals arrested for espionage (or attempted espionage) involving the Department of the Navy. Click on links for more information.

YearPerson ArrestedPositionForeign Country InvolvedNotes/Links
1936 Thompson, Harry Thomas   USN Yeoman   Japan First prosecution under World War I Espionage Act during peacetime. Brief of the Confession of H.T. Thompson Undated
1936 Farnsworth, John Semer Former USN OfficerJapan
1939 Salich, Hafis       ONI InvestigatorSoviet Union Espionage Act upheld by U.S. Supreme Court
1941 Tatibana, Itaru  LCDR Imperial Japanese NavyJapanDeported without trial
1942 Kuehn, Otto   NAZI SympathizerJapan Pearl Harbor spy – provided fleet locations to Japanese Consulate in Hawaii

1950 Sobell, Morton  USN BuOrd ContractorSoviet Union Draft Recommendation for Implementing the Counterintelligence Mission following the arrest of Morton Sobell Oct 7 1950
1962 Drummond, Nelson C  USN YeomanSoviet Union
1967 Ledbetter, Gary L   USN EnlistedEast Germany
1968 Wine, Edward Hilledon   USN Sonar TechSoviet UnionAttempted
1975Dedayan, Sadag K. and Paskalian, Sarkis O. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory employee and a relativeSoviet Union
1978Enger, Valdik and Chernyayev, Rudolf Soviet Intelligence Officers assigned to the United NationsSoviet UnionFirst Soviet
Officials to stand trial for espionage in the U.S. Result of FBI-NIS double agent Operation Lemonaid. Zinyakin, Vladimir avoided arrest due to diplomatic immunity.
1979 Madsen, Lee Eugene     USN YeomanOrganized CrimeAttempted
1981 Baba, Stephen Anthony  USN EnsignSouth Africa
1981Murphy, Michael RichardUSN SeamanSoviet UnionOffered immunity in return for his cooperation
1982 Horton, Brian Patrick   USN Intelligence SpecialistSoviet UnionAttempted.
Advent of “Horton Clause” – post-trial grant of immunity in return for cooperation with damage assessment.
1982 Slavens, Brian Everett  USMC PFCSoviet UnionAttempted
1983 Ellis, Robert Wade  USN Petty OfficerSoviet UnionAttempted
1983 Pickering, Jeffrey Loring USMC and USN EnlistedSoviet Union
1983 Wold, Hans Palmer  USN Intelligence SpecialistSoviet UnionAttempted
1983Zehe, Alfred East German OperativeEast GermanyFirst East German operative arrested in U.S. Culmination of an NIS-FBI double agent operation.
1984 Cordrey, Robert Ernest   USMC EnlistedSoviet Union, CzechoslovakiaAttempted
1984Kearn, Bruce LelandUSN Operations SpecialistUnidentified
1984Morison, Samuel Loring ONI AnalystUnited Kingdom PublisherFirst individual convicted under the 1917 Espionage Code for unauthorized disclosure to the press.
1984Wolff, Jay ClydeCivilian Auto Painter and Former USN EnlistedSoviet Union
1985Walker, John Anthony USN RadiomanSoviet Union
1985Walker, Michael Lance USN SeamanSoviet UnionSon of John Walker
1985Whitworth, Jerry Alfred  USN RadiomanSoviet Union
1985Walker, Arthur JamesUSN LCDR (Retired) and Defense ContractorSoviet UnionBrother of John Walker
1985Hawkins, Stephen Dwayne USN QuartermasterAttempted
1985 Pollard, Jonathan Jay  ONI/NIS AnalystIsrael
1985Henderson-Pollard, AnneWife of Jonathan PollardIsrael
1985 Tobias, Michael Timothy USN RadiomanSoviet UnionAttempted
1985Pizzo, Francis X.Nephew of Michael TobiasSoviet UnionAttempted
1986 Allen, Michael Hahn   Civilian ClerkRepublic of the Philippines Recalled to active duty for prosecution
1986Haguewood, Robert DeanUSN Petty OfficerAttempted
1986Lonetree, Clayton JohnUSMC Security GuardSoviet Union
1988Spade, Henry OttoFormer USN Radio OperatorUnidentifiedUnauthorized possession of classified information, but no transmission proven.
1988Souther, Glen MichaelUSN Reserve Photographer’s MateSoviet UnionFled to USSR and allegedly committed suicide before he could be arrested
1988Ratkai, Stephen JosephSoviet IllegalSoviet UnionResult of a joint Canadian-U.S. double agent operation
1988 Garcia, Wilfredo  USN Enlisted MA1Soviet UnionAttempted
1989 Wilmoth, James USN Airman RecruitSoviet UnionAttempted
1989Brown,
Paul Russell
USN Petty OfficerSoviet UnionAttempted
1988Bush, Randall S. USN EnlistedUnidentified Foreign PowerAttempted
1989 Schoof, Charles Edward USN Operations SpecialistSoviet UnionAttempted
1989 Hager, John Joseph USN Operations Specialist Soviet UnionAttempted
1989King, Donald WayneUSN Airman Attempted
1989Graf, Ronald DeanUSN Airman Apprentice Attempted
1989Kunkle, Craig LeeUSN Chief Petty OfficerRussiaAttempted
1991Anzalone, Charles Lee FrancisUSMC Telephone LinemanRussiaAttempted
1993Yen Men KaoChinese Restaurant OwnerChina
1995 Schwartz, Michael StephenUSN LCDRSaudi Arabia
1996Lessenthien, KurtUSN Nuclear Power InstructorRussiaAttempted
1996Kim, RobertONI Computer SpecialistRepublic of Korea
1998Red Wasp NetworkMultipleCubaArrested were Alejandro ALONSO, Linda HERNANDEZ, Nilo HERNANDEZ, Gerado HERNANDEZ, Joseph SANTOS, Amarylis SANTOS, Antonio GUERRERO, Ramon LABANINO, Rene GONZALEZ and Fernando GONZALEZ.
1999King, Daniel M.USN Cryptologic Petty Officer !st ClassRussiaCharges against King were dismissed by the Presiding Officer.
2004Montaperto, Ronald N.DIA Intelligence AnalystChina
2005Chi MakNavy ContractorChina
2006Weinmann, Ariel JonathanUSN Fire Control TechnicianSoviet Union
2008Abu-Jihaad, Hassan aka Hall, Paul R.Former USN SignalmanAl-Qaeda
2010 Martin, Bryan Minkyu    USNR Intelligence SpecialistChinaAttempted
2016Lin, EdwardUSN LCDRAttempted
2019Kellogg, Stephen III USN Nuclear Electrician’s MateRussiaAttempted