The Harold J. Nicholson Spy Case

Nicholson and His Son, Nathan

Materials presented in chronological order.

Johnson, Carrie. "Imprisoned Spy, His Son Face Conspiracy Charges." Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2009, A2, [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to federal officials on 29 January 2009, convicted spy "Harold J. Nicholson enlisted his youngest son [Nathaniel] to travel the world and collect cash from Russian agents as a 'pension' for his past services." Both have pleaded not guilty to charge of "conspiracy, money laundering and acting as a foreign agent." See also, Eric Lichtblau, "U.S. Says Jailed C.I.A. Mole [sic] Kept Spying for Russia," New York Times, 30 Jan. 2009.

CNN. "Former Spy's Son Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy." 28 Aug. 2009. [http://www.cnn.com]

According to a Department of Justice statement on 27 August 2009, Nathaniel Nicholson has "pleaded guilty in federal court ... to charges of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy to commit money laundering.... He will face more than 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in January."

Pincus, Walter. "Imprisoned Former CIA Official Pleads Guilty Again." Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Harold Nicholson pleaded guilty on 8 November 2010 on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to represent a foreign government "for having his son travel the world to collect cash from his former Russian spymasters.... Prosecutors have recommended that eight years be added to Nicholson's current [23-year] sentence."

Duara, Nigel. "Twice Convicted Ex-CIA Spy Gets 8 More Years." Associated Press, 18 Jan. 2011. [http://www.ap.org]

On 18 January 2011, U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown sentenced Harold Nicholson to eight more years in prison on "charges of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy to commit money laundering."

Bhattacharjee, Yudhijit. "My Father and Me: A Spy Story." Intelligencer 19, no. 2 (Summer-Fall 2012): 31-39.

First appeared on GQ.com, 15 Jun. 2012. Nathan Nicholson's story through his release from jail in 2010.

Denson, Bryan. The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2015.

Kelly, Washington Post, 12 Jun. 2015, finds that the author "tackles the story" of Harold Nicholson and his son Nathan "with zest.... Denson spent about 200 hours interviewing Nathan. He uses that access to paint a sympathetic portrait of how the 22-year-old was drawn into his father's web. We glimpse an accomplice willing to do anything to please his father and who remained remarkably unsophisticated even as his involvement escalated."

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