Espionage

US Soldier Gets 16 Years for Trying to Sell Secrets to Russia

Was actually selling to an undercover FBI agent

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A US soldier has been jailed for 16 years for attempting to sell military secrets to a woman he thought was a Russian spy, officials said Tuesday.

Military policeman William Millay was also dishonorably discharged as part of a plea deal after admitting charges including attempted espionage and communicating national defense information.

The 24-year-old was arrested in October 2011 after offering to sell information to a woman he knew as Natalia and believed represented the Russian government, but was in fact a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent.