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WASHINGTON -- Prosecutors have charged a Defense Department official with feeding classified information to an agent for the Chinese government.
Officials have unsealed charges in federal court in Virginia against James Fondren, Jr., saying he conspired to relay classified information to a foreign agent.
Authorities say Fondren, 62, believed he was feeding information to the Taiwan government, when in fact the agent was working for China.
Fondren worked at the Pentagon and is the deputy director of the Washington liaison office for U.S. Pacific Command. He has been on administrative l
Authorities say Fondren was involved for years in what spy-hunters call a "false flag" operation — believing he was feeding information to one government, when in fact his handler was working for another country.
Fondren worked at the Pentagon, holding top secret clearance as the deputy director of the Washington liaison office for U.S. Pacific Command. He has been on administrative leave since February 2008.