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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 01/22/2010

Ex-Pentagon officer gets three years for spying

By Washington Post editors

The Associated Press reports that a former Pentagon official has been sentenced to three years for spying.

James Fondren, a 62-year-old former Air Force officer, was convicted of giving classified information to a friend who turned out to be a Chinese spy. Fondren could have gotten a longer sentence of 6 1/2 years, but U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton said a lighter sentence was warranted because the information Fondren disclosed caused little or no harm to national security.

By Washington Post editors  | January 22, 2010; 12:46 PM ET
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