William Kampiles
Born 1955 (age 65–66)
Nationality American
Known for Cold War

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

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Bored with his low-ranking status as a CIA clerk, in 1977, he stole a top-secret KH-11 spy satellite manual. Afterwards, he resigned from his job, flew to Greece, and sold the manual to the Russian 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]

Present[edit | edit source]

Since his release from federal prison, he resides in New Port Richey, Florida.[citation needed]

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