American Gets 4 Years for Bid to Spy for China

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A man who admitted he took $70,000 from Chinese spies as he tried to get jobs with the CIA and U.S. Foreign Service has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Glenn D. Shriver was sentenced Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. He pleaded guilty in October to conspiring to provide national defense information to Chinese intelligence officers.

Shriver studied abroad in Shanghai, and his Chinese handlers urged him to seek jobs in the U.S. that would give him access to classified information. He twice tried to join the Foreign Service and later tried to join the CIA.

"Mr. Shriver sold out his country and repeatedly sought a position in our intelligence community so that he could provide classified information to the PRC," said U.S. Attorney MacBride. "We are doing everything in our power to find and punish those who seek to betray our country."

According to a Justice Department press release, Shriver, of of Grand Rapids, Mich., is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.