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Spain jails first traitor since Franco

Source: Reuters - Fri 12th Feb 2010

A former Spanish intelligence officer has been jailed for 12 years for trying to sell state secrets to Russia, the first treason conviction in Spain since the death of dictator General Francisco Franco in 1975.

Police found two letters dating from 2001 and 2002 offering to sell information about Spain's secret services to a Russian diplomat for 200,000 euros at the home of Roberto Florez in 2007, Madrid's regional court said in a ruling on Thursday.

"There is no proof that he managed to sell the information," the court said, adding that Florez had attached confidential documents to the letters.

"In the hands of a foreign power (the information) would have put national security at risk," the court said.

Florez, who worked at the CNI secret services headquarters from 2000, said at his trial that the letters were part of a secret service exercise.

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