| Christopher Boyce |
(spook, whistleblower, bank robber)
|Born||16 February 1953|
|Exposed||1975 Australian coup|
A code clerk turned counter spook who also tried to see secret to the USSR, got caught, escaped and caught again. He revealed how the CIA was involved in the 1975 Australian coup.
Christopher Boyce was a code clerk employed with the large US defense contractor, TRW. After receiving misdirected documents that exposed the 1975 Australian coup he "went off on a one-man war against the intelligence community" and began stealing classified documents detailing how to decrypt secure US government message traffic and detailed specifications of the latest US spy satellites and leaked many of them to the Soviet Union.
Within months, Boyce was promoted to a highly sensitive position in TRW's "Black Vault" (classified communications center) with a top secret security clearance, where he worked with National Reconnaissance Office transmissions. "Shocked" at the deception he uncovered, as a 2013 Wired article puts it "He embarked on a personal mission to damage the U.S. defense and intelligence complex, supplying classified crypto keys and program information to his friend Andrew Daulton Lee, who in turn traveled to Mexico and sold the information to the KGB." He was arrested in 1977 and charged with espionage.
After a high publicity lawsuit, released a bestselling book about the exploits of "The Falcon and The Snowman" (himself and co-defendant, Andrew Daulton Lee. He was sentenced to 40 years for espionage.
On January 21, 1980, when Christopher Boyce, with the help of fellow inmates, hid in a drainage hole, used a makeshift ladder and tin snips to cut through a barbed wire perimeter to escape from prison. On the run, he robbed 17 banks in Idaho and Washington State before being recaptured in August 1981. He was released from prison in 2002.
Christopher Boyce's revelations included the fact that the CIA had infiltrated the Australian political and trade union elite and referred to the Governor-General of Australia, Sir John Kerr, as "our man Kerr". His revelations were systematically blocked by the Australian corporate media after his 1982 interview by the Australian Channel Nine TV program, 60 Minutes.
A 2014 article quoted Boyce stating that "Our civil liberties are being trashed, and I’m really glad that Snowden and Manning have released these things. I think Snowden's a very brave man. I think he's kind of a hero, and the volume of things that he's revealed just astounds me."