- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 29, 2009

Even after becoming the highest-ranking CIA agent ever convicted of espionage, Harold James Nicholson continued running spy games, prosecutors say.

In fact, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday, Nicholson made it a family affair.

Nicholson, 58, and his 24-year-old son, Nathaniel James Nicholson, are accused of hatching an operation from the elder Nicholson’s prison cell, where he is serving a 23-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 1997 to selling secrets to the Russian government.

ABC News first reported the story.

According to prosecutors, the goal of the new operation was to collect money the Russians still owed the elder Nicholson, and the younger Mr. Nicholson met with Russian operatives during travel to Mexico City; Lima, Peru; and Cyprus. Prosecutors said he ultimately collected about $35,000 and also passed information to the Russians, none of which is known to be classified.

The two men are scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time in U.S. District Court in Oregon. They face decades in prison if convicted.

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