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29 January 2009

Imprisoned Spy, His Son Face Conspiracy Charges

Carrie Johnson, Washington Post Staff Writer

From a prison cell in Sheridan, Ore., one of the highest-ranking CIA officials ever to plead guilty to espionage allegedly tried to pull off another daring feat of tradecraft.

Through a series of meetings, phone calls and letters filled with encouraging words, Harold J. Nicholson enlisted his youngest son to travel the world and collect cash from Russian agents as a "pension" for his past services, federal officials said yesterday.

A former instructor at the agency's Northern Virginia-based training school, known as "the farm," Nicholson already had admitted to giving the Russians the identities of some of his CIA pupils and the station chief in Moscow in the 1990s in exchange for $300,000.

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