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Ex-CIA spy, son renewed Russian contact

An imprisoned ex-CIA spy and his son have been charged with renewing contact with the father's former Russian handlers to get more money for espionage.

world Updated: Jan 30, 2009 01:22 IST

An imprisoned ex-CIA spy and his son have been charged with renewing contact with the father's former Russian handlers to get more money for espionage.

Harold Nicholson and his 24-year-old son, Nathaniel, have been indicted in Oregon, where the elder Nicholson is still serving time in a federal prison for past espionage charges.

The pair face charges of conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government and money laundering.

The indictment says Harold Nicholson, who pled guilty in 1997 after being paid $300,000 to pass secrets to the Russians, wanted to receive further payments for his work, and used his son as a go-between.

Officials charge his son Nathaniel collected another $35,593 in a series of recent trips to meet Russians in San Francisco, Mexico City, Lima, Peru, and even a T.G.I. Friday's restaurant in Cyprus in December. Nathaniel Nicholson was arrested Thursday in the state of Oregon and the two are scheduled to appear in court, officials said. Harold Nicholson is currently serving a 23-year prison term in Oregon after pleading guilty to conspiring to commit extortion. As a trainer of CIA personnel, authorities say he gave the Russians the identities of the young CIA recruits he was training, and the identities of other high-level CIA officers.

According to the new indictment, the Russians still thought Nicholson might be able to provide them valuable information specifically, how he had been discovered and how much the investigators had learned about Russian spying.