February 24, 1996 in Nation/World

Fbi: Man Spied For The Soviets Ex-Nsa Employee Arrested 20 Years After Alleged Acts

Los Angeles Times
 

Reaching back into the dark world of Cold War espionage, the FBI on Friday arrested a former employee of the supersecret National Security Agency on charges of spying for the Soviet Union, plucking him out of an obscure life in rural Pennsylvania some 20 years after his alleged betrayal had ended.

The FBI arrested Robert Stephan Lipka, 50, at his home in Manor Township, Pa., in what sources suggested could be one of many long-dormant espionage cases to be reopened or resolved as a result of disclosures emerging from Moscow - and clues from defectors - after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Lipka, a clerical worker in the Army when he worked at the security agency, is charged with supplying at least three Soviet agents with top-secret defense information in the form of reams of classified NSA teletype printouts in a period from 1965 to the mid-1970s.


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