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Weinberger wants spies shot
Defense says no proof documents delivered
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Defense strategy for Arthur J. Walker, who is accused of espionage, may rest on whether the government can prove that the documents he allegedly passed to his brother were ever delivered to the Soviet Union, his lawyers say.
U.S. Magistrate Gilbert R. Swink on Wednesday refused bond to Walker after an FBI agent testified the former Navy lieutenant commander took a job with a defense contractor after his brother suggested he could use the position to steal and sell classified documents.
Swink said he found overwhelming evidence to refer the charge against Walker to a federal grand jury. Walker’s attorneys said he would plead innocent at an arraignment next Tuesday.
Walker, of Virginia Beach, is one of four men charged in an alleged spy ring that may have operated for 20 years. The ringleader allegedly was his brother, John A. Walker Jr., a retired Navy communications expert from Norfolk.
John Walker’s son, Michael L. Walker, 22, and former Navy associate Jerry A. Whitworth. 45, of Davis, Calif., also have been charged.
FBI Special Agent Beverly Andress testified at Wednesday’s hearing that Arthur Walker told FBI agents that in January 1980, John Walker said he had “friends” who were interested in buying classified documents and he suggested Arthur get a job where he could obtain them.
A month later, Arthur Walker, answering an advertisement in a newspaper, took a job as an engineer at VSE Corp., a Chesapeake defense contractor providing planning and technical services to the government, Andress said.
Walker told the FBI that in April 1982 he received $12,000 in exchange for giving his brother a CASREP, a classified document dealing with ship damage and repairs in the Navy from 1976 to 1980, the FBI agent said.
Walker said he and his brother photographed most of
the report before returning it to VSE’s vaults, according to Andress, who said the original documents have since been destroyed.
Samuel Meekins, one of Arthur Walker’s court-appointed lawyers, said there was no proof of the document’s content or that it had ever been passed to the Soviets.
Carl Seiberlich, a former personnel manager for VSE, said that based on the material to which Arthur Walker had access, he probably would have been “a pretty low-level player” in any spy ring.
Walker held a “secret” clearance at VSE. The CASREP documents he allegedly gave John Walker carried a slightly lower “confidential” rating, Andress testified.
Arthur Walker retired from the Navy in 1973. His last assignment was as an instructor in anti-submarine warfare for the Atlantic Fleet Tactical School from 1968 to 1973.
—In Washington, Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger said he supports the death penalty for convicted spies and that those accused of passing Navy secrets to the Soviets, if convicted, “should be shot, though I suppose hanging is the preferred method.”
Weinberger also said the Pentagon now is studying proposed revisions to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and federal law to make future acts of peace-time espionage punishable by death.
— The Washington Post, in today's editions, said the Army has set up a team to assess the damage the alleged spy ring may have caused to its operations. The Post quoted sources as saying the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps use equipment similar to devices the Navy believes were compromised to allow the Soviets to read its top-secret communications.Unkomflwlnn ^ v<x a*, .an, HeralcHtrituno
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MEXICO CITY (AP) - Three reputed drug barons ordered the killing of U.S. special agent Plnrique Camarena Salazar after he disclosed American officials considered them “dangerous narcotics traffickers,” according to a statement provided by an eyewitness.
Francisco Fonseca, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, confirmed on Wednesday details provided by the witness, Francisco Javier Tejeda Jaramillo, who has been charged with murder in the case.
Tejeda, 32, told authorities that the reputed drug traffickers — Rafael Caro Quintero, Miguel Felix Gallardo and Ernesto Fonseca — made the “unanimous” decision to order Camarena’s death on Feb. 8, according to the spokesman.
The three are considered among the top four kingpins of the illegal
drug trade in Mexico.
Camarena, an agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, was abducted on Feb. 7 in Guadalajara, a center of the illegal drug trade in Mexico. His badly beaten body was discovered, along with that of a Mexican pilot who worked with him, on March 5.
After his abduction, Camarena, his face covered and his hands tied, was taken to a house owned by Caro Quintero in Guadalajara where he was beaten by three of Felix Gallardo’s associates, according to Tejeda.
“He was in agony,” said Francisco Fonseca.
The witness’ account states that Ernesto Fonseca and another man, Samuel Ramirez Razo, entered the room where Camarena was being held and Ramirez asked how the DEA considered the three.
“Camarena responded that they were classified as dangerous drug traffickers in DEA files,” said Francisco F onseca.
Caro Quintero, Felix Gallardo and Ernesto Fonseca then allegedly decided to order Camarena’s death, according to the account.
“I think that was the motive for the death,” the Attorney General’s
Office spokesman said.
Tejeda told authorities that Felix Gallardo's associates used material from a pillowcase and adhesive tape to cover Camarena’s nose and
“I believe that in about three minutes Camarena died of
asphyxiation,” Tejeda said in his statement to authorities.
Camarena was then put in the
trunk of a car where Julio Alvarez, identified as one of Felix Gallardo’s associates, struck him on the head with a tire iron, Tejeda alleged.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days into negotiations, House and Senate bargainers on the 1986 budget are bogged down over relatively minor differences and conference committee chairman Sen. Pete V. Domenici says it could spell big trouble ahead for producing a compromise.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we got to an impasse,” said the New Mexico Republican. “But we’re not there just yet.”
Despite some early progress on Tuesday, in a full day of bargaining on Wednesday the House-Senate panel could agree on nothing.
—House conferees refused to go along with the Senate proposal for $123 million in fees on government-backed mortgages and loans over the next three years, a fee supporters said would amount to about $2 a month on the average $50,000 home mortgage. Senate negotiators refused to back away from the fee proposal, leaving the issue unresolved.
—House bargainers rejected the Senate’s IO percent reduction in funds for Congress and congressional agencies like the Library of Congress and the Congressional Budget Office.
—Senate conferees turned down a
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House proposal to reduce filling the nation’s Strategic Petroluem Reserve in Louisiana and Texas from the current 159,000 barrels a day to 50,000 barrels, standing by a three-year moratorium on pumping any oil into the reserve. An effort to compromise and reduce the rate to 35,000 a day was also rejected.
“I don’t know how we’re going to get a real budget,” Domenici told reporters after the unproductive day of negotiations. “I’m getting a little more discouraged.”
He said efforts to reach agreement on fundamental differences between
the budgets passed by the two houses would be “very, very difficult” in view of the inability to agree on less controversial issues “that don’t affect defense or pensions. ”
Although both chambers have passed packages cutting spending next year by $56 billion, the Senate version would cancel next year’s cost-of-living increase of Social Security recipients and eliminate 13 federal programs while allowing defense spending to rise with the rate of inflation.
The House budget protects the Social Security increase, kills only one program — revenue sharing — and freezes Pentagon spending authority at 1985 levels.
Also on Wednesday, President Reagan brushed aside suggestions from some members of Congress that a tax increase might be needed to help pare soaring deficits.
“The fact that I’m smiling reveals that I think ifs a joke,” Reagan told reporters. He was also overheard saying that a tax increase would be passed “over my dead body.”
Domenici also said he opposed tax increases, except “as a last resort...after you’ve hit rock bottom” on spending cuts — a point he said the conference committee was far from approaching.