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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Government lawyers told a federal judge Friday they intend to seek the death penalty if they win a criminal conviction against a retired Air Force master sergeant on charges he tried to spy for Iraq, Libya and China.

The government accused Brian Patrick Regan, 39, of creating a ``grave risk of death'' to U.S. military pilots patrolling the no-fly zone over Iraq. Regan allegedly intended to sell Iraqi president Saddam Hussein secret details about American satellites that could help Iraq hide its anti-aircraft missiles.

Regan has pleaded innocent to the charges in federal court.