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Russians Charge Alleged U.S. Spy

April 13, 2000

MOSCOW (AP) _ A former American naval officer arrested by Russian intelligence agents has been charged with espionage for allegedly trying to buy state secrets, the Federal Security Service said today.

A U.S. Embassy official in Moscow earlier identified the man as Edmond Pope, who made frequent business trips to Russia. Pope was detained for allegedly paying a Russian contact for the plans to a submarine-launched missile, Russian television reports said.

The Russian contact, not yet publicly identified, was charged today with revealing state secrets, the report said.

Pope, a native of Grants Pass, Ore., does not hold diplomatic immunity and could face a lengthy prison sentence if convicted.

Pope was associated with the Applied Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University. He was an assistant for foreign technology who developed contacts between Russian and American research institutes and worked on converting technology for commercial uses, a statement from the university said.

Pope is being held in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison and has received visits from U.S. diplomats.

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