Watch: The time Cold War spy Christopher Boyce (AKA The Falcon) was interviewed in prison
On May 23, 1982, Australian journalist Ray Martin of 60 Minutes visited Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary to interview Cold War spy Christopher Boyce, whose story was popularized in the critically acclaimed book and movie The Falcon and the Snowman.
In the televised interview, Boyce discussed at length the incidents that led to his 1977 arrest and conviction for espionage—including his discovery, while working as a telex operator in the top secret Black Vault of defense contractor TRW, that the CIA had infiltrated Australian labor unions and orchestrated the overthrow of then-Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.
"My government was deceiving an ally," Boyce told Martin. "An English-speaking parliamentary democracy. I thought it was indicative of what my country had sunk to."
Recently, Christopher Boyce co-authored a sequel to The Falcon and the Snowman titled American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman. The book documents his twenty-five years in prison, including his 1980 escape from Lompoc federal prison and recapture by U.S. Marshals nineteen months later. American Sons also tells the story of how one determined paralegal, Cait Mills, successfully lobbied for Boyce's parole and that of his accomplice, Andrew Daulton Lee.
American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman is available now in hardcover, paperback, e-book, and audiobook. Find it here.