China convicts U.S. geologist of stealing state secrets

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(Reuters) - A geologist accused of stealing state secrets after he
brokered the sale of an oil database has been sentenced to eight years
in jail, the U.S. embassy said on Monday, over two-and-one-half years
after he was detained.

Geologist Xue Feng, a 44-year-old U.S. citizen born in China, was
detained late in 2007 after negotiating the sale of an oil industry
database to his employer at the time, Colorado-based consultancy IHS
Energy, now known as IHS Inc. /

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