FT. MEADE, Md. — Most of the 2,000 calls to the Army's new spy hot line have been inquiries to see if the service is for real, the official in charge of it says.
But, said William Dwyer, a civilian counterintelligence official, some calls "have brought to the surface matters of concern," including soldiers who drink excessively, have gone into debt or boasted about access to classified material.
Such behavior signals security risks and possible espionage, he said.
"Someone, for instance, who said they were going to visit their family in Minnesota and came back with foreign coins and souvenirs could be suspect," Dwyer said Monday.
The program, which started in March, 1986, grew out of the case of John A. Walker Jr., a Navy warrant officer, who was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union, and the succession of espionage cases that followed.