American Pleads Guilty To Trying To Spy For China

10.22.10 | FL News Team

(Alexandria, VA)  --  A Detroit man pleaded guilty today to trying to get hired by the CIA so he could spy for China.  Through a plea agreement, Glenn Shriver admitted he conspired to communicate national defense information.  The agreement calls for Shriver to spend two years in prison.

The 28-year-old acknowledged in a Virginia federal courtroom that he met with Chinese officials about 20 times beginning in 2004.  He also said Chinese intelligence officers paid him about 70-thousand dollars.

Prosecutors cited continued efforts by foreign governments to convince Americans to spy on their own country and said the U.S. will remain vigilant against national security threats.  U.S.-China relations have been tense due to concerns over trade ties and claims that China is undervaluing its yuan currency.