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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Briton Jailed for Spying Attempt

LONDON -- A security guard who tried to sell military secrets to the Russians to make quick cash was sentenced Friday to 11 years in jail.

Raphael Bravo, 30, admitted stealing files about defense systems from British Aerospace. He pleaded guilty to nine offenses, including theft and other charges that fall under the Official Secrets Act governing national security.

Bravo took the documents, marked British or NATO secrets, between June and July 2001, when he patrolled on the night shift in what he considered a boring, dead-end job.

He said he had returned from a vacation in the United States with financial problems "and post-holiday blues."

Expecting to be paid a few thousand pounds for the secrets, he said he looked up the Russian Embassy in the telephone directory and called, but there was only an answering machine. "So I decided to post a document with a post-note saying if they were interested in more documents to contact me on my pager number," Bravo said. He was caught when a man he believed was a Russian agent turned out to be working for British intelligence.