San Francisco — Silicon Valley engineer arrested in espionage case
The FBI announced Monday the arrest of an American electronics engineer in California's Silicon Valley who peddled vital US missile secrets to the Soviet Union for more than $250,000.
FBI agents said the operation was so successful it won the praise of Soviet leader Yuri Andropov, at that time head of the KGB. James Durward Harper Jr. was arrested Saturday and formally charged in federal court Monday on charges of selling Minuteman missile secrets over an eight-year period. Mr. Harper, who does not plan to hire a lawyer, says he will ''cooperate with the government in every way I can to expedite the proceedings.''