Ex-CIA officer admits spying for Russia from jail

ONE of the highest-ranking CIA officers ever convicted of espionage pleaded guilty overnight to fresh charges of spying for Russia from his jail cell after employing his son to do his dirty work.

Harold Nicholson, 59, was sentenced to 23-and-a-half years in jail in 1997 for selling the Kremlin sensitive information believed to include the identities of several American spies working in Russia.

Yesterday, the former CIA chief of station in Romania, earned himself the dubious distinction of becoming the first American spy to face two sets of criminal charges stemming from the same events.

Under a plea agreement which should see him serve an additional eight years, Nicholson admitted that from 2006 to December 2008 he passed further information to Russia and received payment for past disclosures.

“Harold Nicholson has admitted not only betraying his country – again – but also betraying his family by involving his son Nathaniel in his corrupt scheme to get more money for his past espionage activities,” said US attorney Dwight Holton.

ONE of the highest-ranking CIA officers ever convicted of espionage pleaded guilty overnight to fresh charges of spying for Russia from his jail cell after employing his son to do his dirty work.

Harold Nicholson, 59, was sentenced to 23-and-a-half years in jail in 1997 for selling the Kremlin sensitive information believed to include the identities of several American spies working in Russia.

Yesterday, the former CIA chief of station in Romania, earned himself the dubious distinction of becoming the first American spy to face two sets of criminal charges stemming from the same events.

Under a plea agreement which should see him serve an additional eight years, Nicholson admitted that from 2006 to December 2008 he passed further information to Russia and received payment for past disclosures.

“Harold Nicholson has admitted not only betraying his country – again – but also betraying his family by involving his son Nathaniel in his corrupt scheme to get more money for his past espionage activities,” said US attorney Dwight Holton.

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