Clyde Lee Conrad

 

Sergeant Clyde Lee Conrad worked in a US army document centre in West Germany.

Conrad was recruited by the Hungarian Military Strategic Intelligence Service (HMSIS)  in 1974.

Conrad was granted a Top Secret security clearance in 1978 when assigned to the US 8th Infantry Division headquarters in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

Despite his administrative specialist's job which gave him access to extensive classified materials, Conrad had not been subject to a periodic reinvestigation before his retirement in 1985.

Documents provided to Hungarian agents concerned NATO's plans for fighting a war against the Warsaw Pact: detailed descriptions of nuclear weapons and plans for movement of troops, tanks and aircraft.

Conrad, in charge of a vault where all the 8th Infantry Division's secret documents were kept, took suitcases stuffed with classified papers out of the base.

Over the next decade he copied and delivered to HMSIS 30,000 documents.

The former sergeant is reported to have received more than $1 million for selling secrets.

Conrad was arrested and convicted of espionage in West Germany.

On January 8, 1998 he died in a German prison where he was serving a life sentence.

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