Monday, September 21, 2009

Air Force Officer James Fondren on Trial for Providing Secret Military Information to Chinese Spy

A former Air Force officer is on trial for providing secret military information to a New Orleans furniture salesman who turned out to be a Chinese spy.

Prosecutors told a jury in federal court in Alexandria on Monday that James Fondren of Annandale, Va., sold "opinion papers" containing classified information about U.S.-China military relations to Tai Shen Kuo, a New Orleans businessman.

Kuo gave those papers to an agent working with the Beijing government.

Kuo has already pleaded guilty to espionage and been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. Kuo was the first witness Monday against Fondren.

The defendant's lawyer Asa Hutchinson told jurors that Fondren was one of many people who was fooled by Kuo.

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