Ex-US Analyst Faces Death for Espionage
from Straits Times [Singapore] & Reuters on Wednesday, January 15, 2003
WASHINGTON – As the White House faces a possible showdown with Iraq, a former United States intelligence analyst goes on trial this week for allegedly trying to sell top-secret defence data to Iraq, China and Libya.
If convicted, Brian Regan, 40, could become the first person to be executed for espionage in about 50 years.
He is accused of offering top-secret satellite surveillance and other defence material to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi in return for US$13 million (S$22.6 million).
The trial began on Monday in the Alexandria district court in Virginia with jury selection, which is expected to last two to three weeks.