US scientist jailed over nuclear spy sting

January 29, 2015 8:16 PM

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US scientist jailed over nuclear spy sting

WASHINGTON - A naturalized US citizen was jailed Wednesday for five years for attempting to help Venezuela build a nuclear weapon by passing on secret information, the US Justice Department said.

Scientist Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, and his wife Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, 71, had pleaded guilty after they were caught trying to pass on classified information to an FBI agent posing as a Venezuelan government official.

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