Former CIA Employee Pleads Guilty In Spy Case
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ A former employee of the CIA in Ghana has pleaded guilty to one charge of revealing classified information in a plea-bargaining arrangement in which the government dropped 15 espionage-related charges against her.
Sharon M. Scranage, 29, earlier had pleaded guilty to two violations of a law banning disclosure of the identities of persons working for the CIA. At that time, she admitted that she told her former Ghanaian boyfriend the names of two CIA covert agents.
In federal court in Alexandria Friday, Scranage’s attorney, Brian Gettings, said, ″I think the government concluded that this was not espionage; that this girl was put upon by (her former boyfriend) and literally all the stuff was dragged out of her in the most extreme circumstances.″
He added: ″One thing we would never do was admit to espionage or conspiracy, because she didn’t do it.″
Scranage, a native of the rural northern neck of Virginia, could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison and fined up to $110,000 for the three violations. Sentencing was set for Oct. 15.
Scranage worked as a clerk for the CIA in Ghana from May 1983 to May 1985.
Her ex-boyfriend, Michael A. Soussoudis, will be tried Oct. 15 on charges of espionage, conspiracy to commit espionage, receiving classified information and conspiracy to receive classified information.
Prosecutors say that Scranage, whose job as an operations support assistant at the CIA office in Accra, Ghana, copied down information from classified cables and provided them to Soussoudis.