SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Christopher Boyce, whose Cold War spying was immortalized on film in "The Falcon and the Snowman," was released Friday after more than a quarter-century in prison.
Boyce was released from a halfway house about 4 a.m., according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. He will be on parole until 2046, his original release date.
Boyce was 22 when his father, a former FBI agent, helped him land a summer job as a clerk at TRW Inc. in Redondo Beach, where he had access to classified communications with CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.
He smuggled some of the documents home and sold them to the Russian Embassy in Mexico City, taking in about $77,000 before he and childhood friend Andrew Daulton Lee, his courier, were caught in 1976.
Both were arrested, tried and convicted of espionage. Lee was paroled in 1998.