Oregon judge reduces probation for spy’s son

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PORTLAND — A judge in Portland has reduced the probation period for a man who smuggled notes to Russian officials from his imprisoned father, a former CIA officer convicted of espionage.

Federal Judge Anna Brown noted the “exemplary performance” of Nathan Nicholson on Tuesday as she knocked a year off his five-year probation. It will end in December 2014.

Nicholson was sentenced to probation in 2010 for conspiring with his father, Harold “Jim” Nicholson, who had been sentenced to 24 years in prison for his 1997 espionage conviction.

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