Ex-US guard in China pleads guilty in secrets case

Bryan Underwood has pleaded guilty to one count of trying to pass national defence information to the Chinese government.

Updated: Aug 31, 2012, 12:02 PM IST

Washington: A former security guard at a US consulate in China has pleaded guilty to one count of trying to pass national defence information to the Chinese government.
At a hearing in federal court, Bryan Underwood admitted that the case against him as laid out by prosecutors in court papers was correct. Prosecutors allege that Underwood wrote a letter expressing interest in initiating a business arrangement with Chinese officials and took photographs of his worksite to pass on.
The charge he pleaded guilty to carries a sentence of up to life in prison. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Underwood likely will be sentenced to serve between 15 and 20 years.

PTI