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Would-be spy for China gets 4 years

Jan. 21, 2011 at 11:54 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Michigan man who admitted trying to get a job with the CIA so he could sell secret information to China was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.

Glenn Duffie Shriver, 28, of Grand Rapids pleaded guilty in October. A federal judge in Virginia imposed the 48-month sentence.

"Mr. Shriver sold out his country and repeatedly sought a position in our intelligence community so that he could provide classified information to (the People's Republic of China)," Neil MacBride, the U.S. attorney for Eastern Virginia, said. "Attempts to gain access to sensitive information are a serious threat to our national security. We are doing everything in our power to find and punish those who seek to betray our country."

Investigators say Shriver, who speaks Mandarin Chinese fluently, was recruited by three Chinese agents while he was living in Shanghai in 2004. He agreed to return to the United States and apply for jobs where he would have access to classified information.

Between 2005 and 2010, he applied for jobs with the State Department and CIA and was paid $70,000 for what his handlers described as his "friendship."

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