ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A jury has convicted a retired Air Force officer on charges of
selling classified information on U.S.-China military relations to a Chinese
agent and lying to the FBI about it.
James W. Fondren Jr. was convicted
Friday on three counts in Alexandria federal court and was acquitted on several
others. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Fondren retired from the
Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1996 and later worked at the Pentagon as a
He was charged with funneling classified military information to
Tai Shen Kuo, a New Orleans furniture salesman and naturalized U.S. citizen who
turned out to be a spy for China.
Prosecutors said Fondren wrote "opinion
papers" for Kuo that were often thinly veiled reports of classified military
When are they going to start hanging these bastards?