Defense official gets three years for espionage
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
Washington Post Editors
January 22, 2010; 3:03 PM ET
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