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Robert Lee Johnson (1922 - May 18, 1972) was an Americanmarker sergeant who spied for the Soviet Unionmarker.

Johnson volunteered to spy for the KGB while he was stationed at Berlinmarker, Germanymarker. He also recruited a former Army friend, James Mintkenbaugh. Johnson worked for the KGB between 1953 and 1964, and passed on information while stationed at various sites in Europe and the U.S.

Most famously, when working in the U.S. courier center at Orly Airportmarker south of Paris, he occasionally had night duty alone in the center, where dispatches arrives to and from Air Force and Army bases in Europe. He used to come out of the center and hand KGB contacts envelopes full of documents to photocopy. They had a car waiting and sped to the Soviet embassy, photographed the documents, replaced them, and resealed the envelopes so there was no trace that they had been opened. Then they rushed them back to Orly to get them to Johnson before he went off duty in the morning.

In 1964, Johnson was turned in by his wife, and like Mintkenbaugh, received a 25-year prison sentence in 1965.

Johnson, who was imprisoned at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiarymarker, was stabbed to death there by his son in 1972.


  1. "Spy Wars", by Tennent H. Bagley, page 87-88. Yale University Press, 2007.[1]
  2. "Spy Wars", by Tennent H. Bagley, page 179. Yale University Press, 2007 [2]

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