William Kampiles

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William Kampiles
Born 1955 (age 61–62)
Nationality American
Known for Cold War

William Peter Kampiles (born 1955) was a Central Intelligence Agency employee during the Cold War.


Bored with his low-ranking status as a CIA clerk, he stole a top-secret KH-11 spy satellite manual from his employers in 1977. Afterwards, he resigned from his job, flew to Greece, and sold the manual to the Soviet embassy in Athens in return for $3,000. Kampiles subsequently returned to the United States and informed his former CIA bosses of what he had done, in the mistaken belief that he would be recruited as a double agent; instead, he was charged with espionage by the US Government, put on trial in 1978, and convicted. He was originally sentenced on November 17, 1978, to 40 years imprisonment; however, his prison sentence was later reduced to 19 years, and he was released on 16 December 1996, after serving 18 years as Federal Prison inmate "04028-164".[1][2]

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  1. ^ "The Kampiles Case" (HTML). JonathanPollard.org. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Record of William Peter Kampiles" (HTML). Inmate Locator. Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved 30 December 2010.