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Army interpreter convicted of spying for Iran

An army interpreter accused of spying for Iran was found guilty by a court in London Wednesday.

Daniel James The name Daniel James could refer to:
  • Daniel James (Gwyrosydd) (1847-1920), poet
  • Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. (1920-1978), USAF general
  • Daniel James (game developer), President of Three Rings Design
  • Daniel James (historian), historian of Peronism
, 45, was arrested in 2006 when he was working for General David Richards David Richards may refer to:
  • David Richards (racing), chairman of Prodrive and the former Team Principal of the BAR Formula One auto racing team
  • David Richards (record producer), producer of records by Queen and David Bowie
, who was then commanding international forces in Afghanistan and is now head of the British army The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. It came into being with unification of the governments and armed forces of England and Scotland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. .

Reservist re·serv·ist  
A member of a military reserve.


a member of a nation's military reserve

Noun 1.
 James, a salsa teacher in civilian life, was convicted by a jury at the Central Criminal Court, or Old Bailey Old Bailey

the Central Criminal Court of England

Noun 1. Old Bailey - the central criminal court in London
criminal court - a court having jurisdiction over criminal cases
, of sending coded emails to the Iranian military attache ATTACHE. Connected with, attached to. This word is used to signify those persons who are attached to a foreign legation. An attache is a public minister within the meaning of the Act of April 30, 1790, s. 37, 1 Story's L. U. S.  in Kabul.

Jurors will continue their deliberations Thursday on a second charge against him relating to a memory stick containing secret documents found in his possession plus a third count of misconduct in a public office.

James, who styled himself "General James", was born in Tehran and his trial heard from colleagues that he had expressed sympathy for Iran in conversations with them.

He also got within 20 metres (yards) of then British prime minister Tony Blair and took pictures of him when he visited Afghanistan in 2006. James told a colleague he did not like Blair, the court heard.

Prosecutor Mark Dennis accused James of "the height of betrayal" and the court was told that senior intelligence officers believed his acts could have cost the lives of British soldiers and possibly endangered Britain itself.

James denied the charges against him, saying he was trying to help set up a gas deal between Afghanistan and Iran which he hoped would promote trade and peace between Iran and the United States.
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Date:Nov 5, 2008
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