Hüseyin Yildirim (born March 10, 1928) is a Turkish-American auto mechanic who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the United States for his courier role in the espionage activities of U.S. serviceman James Hall III during the Cold War era (1981 to 1989).
On July 20, 1989, after a two-day, seven-hour trial, the federal jury found Yildirim guilty of his role as a courier for the convicted spy James Hall III. Hüseyin Yildirim was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. (1)
Frederick Kramer of Savannah, Georgia, the U.S. assistant attorney who prosecuted Yildirim, sees his old foe as “a manipulative, lying mercenary who creates a simple-minded persona to conceal his absolute cunning”.
B. Avant Edenfield, the federal judge who sentenced the spy to life without possibility of parole, writes that “Yildirim is loathsome, should never be freed and is fortunate not to have forfeited his life for a sordid and treacherous business."
A retired counter-intelligence investigator, who requested anonymity, was no less inflexible: "The Meister (Yildirim's code name) was not small fry. He was one of the most effective, damaging, dangerous spies in the history of the Cold War." (2)
On December 29, 2003, Hüseyin Yildirim BOP Register Number 09542-018 (3) was secretly extradited from the Lompoc Federal Correctional Complex to Turkey within the scope of a bilateral treaty on prisoner exchange between Turkey and the United States. (4)