Ronald W. Pelton

Ronald W. Pelton was an "NSA analyst for 14 years who quit in 1979 after falling deeply in debt; sold NSA secrets to the Soviet Union in meetings with KGB agents in Vienna, Austria, from 1980 to 1986; arrested in 1986 after an NSA colleague recognized his voice on a tapped Soviet Embassy phone; now serving three life terms." Scott Shane, "Some at NSA Betrayed Country," from Scott Shane and Tom Bowman, "No Such Agency," Baltimore Sun, reprint of six-part series, 3-15 December 1995, 6. See also Allen and Polmar, Merchants of Treason.

Allen, Thomas B., and Norman Polmar. Merchants of Treason: America's Secrets for Sale. New York: Delacorte, 1988. New York: Dell, 1988. [pb]

Gertz, Bill. "Intelligence Operation Red Star of Pelton Trial." Washington Times, 2 Jun. 1986, A2.

Schmidt, Susan. "Pelton Convicted of Selling Secrets." Washington Post, 6 Jun. 1986, A1.

Tyler, Patrick. "Supersecret Work Revealed." Washington Post, 28 May 1986, A1.

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