On November 5 a federal grand jury indicted David Sheldon Boone, a former analyst with the U.S. National Security Agency, on charges of having spied for the Soviet KGB. Boone allegedly received US$60,000 from the Soviets in return for classified information which he is said to have turned over to Moscow beginning in the late 1980s (AP, November 6). Boone retired from the army in 1991 and was living in Germany until shortly before his arrest. A sting operation launched by the FBI earlier this year successfully lured him back to the United States, where he was arrested at a Washington hotel on October 10.
Boone’s case is unusual in that Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service objected, after the arrest, to the fact that U.S. authorities had used a Russian-speaking former FBI agent–posing as an operative from Moscow–to lure Boone back to the United States. Russian intelligence officials charged that the FBI’s use of someone posing as a Russian agent had broken an unwritten code of conduct among intelligence agencies (see the Monitor, October 15).
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