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Former US soldier sentenced to 30 years for espionage

Published on Feb 11, 2014 7:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A former US soldier was sentenced to 30 years in jail on Monday, Feb 10, 2014, for trying to spy on behalf of Russia, the US Justice Department said.

In September and October 2012, Robert Hoffman II, now 40, a 20-year veteran of the US Navy, turned over classified defence information to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents he believed were Russian, according to Virginia prosecutors.

In the Navy, Hoffman was deployed on US submarines where he worked with electronic sensors to collect information on potential adversaries.

In that role, he was awarded security clearances and agreed not to disclose information to unauthorised persons, the statement said.

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