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Guard accused of trying to spy for China

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A former contract security guard at a U.S. consulate under construction in China has been charged with trying to pass defense secrets about the site to Chinese intelligence.

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Thirty-one-year-old Bryan Underwood was captured early Saturday in Los Angeles and is being brought to Washington for arraignment.

Underwood was originally charged a month ago with making false statements to the FBI, but failed to appear in court for a hearing a week ago and was further charged in an indictment Wednesday. Justice officials say he tried to pass information earlier this year, including photographs of the consulate construction in Guangzhou in southern China.

The Justice Department would not say whether he actually gave confidential information to China but said the investigation is ongoing.

If convicted, Underwood could face life in prison.

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