Report: Former CIA spy plans guilty plea in US

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 4, 2010 20:37

A newspaper says the highest-ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage is expected to plead guilty to additional charges that he tried to collect money from old contacts in Russia while in prison.

The Oregonian reports that attorneys for Harold "Jim" Nicholson filed notice Wednesday in federal court in Portland that the 59-year-old native of Oregon will plead guilty to an indictment accusing him of conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government and laundering money.

The government accuses Nicholson of orchestrating a plot to use his son to sneak messages from prison to Russian intelligence officials and collect a "pension" for his work for Russia in the 1990s.

If found guilty of collecting proceeds, Nicholson will become the first US intelligence officer convicted twice of betraying his country.


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