An unexpected turn of events surfaced as one of America’s most alarming spy scandals was being unraveled. A prayer counselor at a “700 Club” phone-in center unknowingly kindled a chain of events that may send John A. Walker, Jr., to prison. Walker is accused of passing military secrets to the Soviet Union.
A caller contacted a “700 Club” telephone counselor in 1983 on behalf of Walker’s daughter, Laura Snyder. At the time, Snyder was distraught that her estranged husband, Mark, had taken their son, Christopher, and was refusing to disclose his whereabouts.
Laura Snyder has said that her estranged husband was blackmailing her by threatening to expose John Walker’s spying activities. “He told me that if I tried to get the baby, he would turn my father in, or tell what he knew, and he would destroy the family,” she said in an interview broadcast in June on “The 700 Club” talk show. (In published reports, Mark Snyder has denied his estranged wife’s allegations.)
In a series of interviews on “The 700 Club,” Laura Snyder described the events leading up to her father’s arrest for espionage. “The 700 Club” is the cornerstone of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
In one of the interviews, Snyder said a friend named Marie called “The 700 Club” for her two years ago. The prayer counselor who was talking to Marie spoke in tongues, Snyder said, “and then rapidly went into interpretation.…” Snyder said the most shocking advice was that she should quit seeing her boyfriend, Steve. The telephone counselor’s knowlege of her boyfriend’s first name “confirmed ...1
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