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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spy Blames New York

NEW YORK -- A former FBI agent serving 27 years in prison for selling secrets to Moscow blames the high cost of living in New York City for his predicament.

Earl Pitts said on the CBS program "60 Minutes" that he and his wife couldn't make do on his $38,000 pay when he was transferred from northern Virginia to New York in 1987 and assigned the challenging job of tracking down suspected Soviet spies.

"It was expensive, dirty and a lot of crime, a lot of people, very congested," Pitts said in an interview to air Sunday.

He said he sold secrets to the KGB from 1987 to 1992 to get back at the FBI.