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Defense official gets three years for espionage

Washington Post Editors

A Defense Department official convicted on espionage-related charges was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday, prosecutors said.

James W. Fondren Jr., 62, was convicted in September in U.S. District Court in Alexandria of unlawful communication of classified information by a government employee and lying to the FBI.

Court documents said he gave classified Defense Department documents to a Chinese government agent, including a report on Chinese military power.

Fondren worked at the Pentagon and until February 2008 was deputy director for the Washington Liaison Office of the U.S. Pacific Command.

-- Jerry Markon

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 22, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Jerry Markon  
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Boy that sentance will really serve as a deterrent. WTF!

Posted by: Jaymand | January 22, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

So he sold secrets and himself to Israel. 3 years is all he got. Imagine if someone had done this to Pakistan or Iran.....lol this country is going down the tubes

Posted by: FiatBooks | January 23, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

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