US citizen who spied for China to be sentenced

A New Orleans furniture salesman who spied for China and helped the Communist regime in Beijing obtain secret US military information is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court. Prosecutors are asking for a prison term of more than 15 years at Friday's sentencing. Defense lawyers say in court papers that 6 1/2 years would be sufficient. Forty-eight-year-old Tai Kuo is a native of Taiwan and a naturalized US citizen. He pleaded guilty to espionage in May after admitting he obtained classified information about US-Taiwan military relations from a Pentagon analyst. Kuo had told the analyst he was working for Taiwan when in fact he was working for the People's Republic of China. The Pentagon analyst who gave the secrets to Kuo, Gregg Bergersen, was sentenced to nearly five years in prison.