Walker, Scorpion Unconnected
Norman T. Marten Jr. is incorrect when he writes ("In Contact-Spy Ring Fallout," August, pp. 9-10) of the Soviet Navy being able to locate and sink the U.S. submarine Scorpion (SSN-589) using an encryption device and manuals taken from the American spy ship Pueblo (AGER-2), and key cards provided by John Walker. First, it is highly doubtful that Walker's delivery schedule of key cards to his KGB handler would have permitted the Soviets time to obtain and repair the equipment from the Pueblo, go through all intercepted radio traffic—which may or may not have included material relevant to the Scorpion—and decode specific material to enable them to attack and sink the submarine.
Second, neither Mr. Marten nor any of the various books on the Scorpion disaster provide any indication of what kind of information the Soviets may have obtained from radio transmissions that would have helped them locate and sink the U.S. submarine.