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Ex-spy Pleads Guilty to Plotting from Prison

Monday, 08 Nov 2010 01:58 PM

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage will spend an additional eight years in prison after admitting to trying to collect money from old contacts in Russia while behind bars.

Harold "Jim" Nicholson entered a guilty plea Monday on charges that he plotted to collect a "pension" from Russian contacts while in prison.

Prosecutors say Nicholson used his son to carry messages to Russian officials. The government says Nathaniel Nicholson met with the Russians in Mexico, Peru and Cyprus and collected more than $47,000 as compensation for his father's past spy work.

Nicholson is serving a 24-year prison term after he was convicted of selling classified U.S. documents to Russia between 1994 and 1996.

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