Nathaniel and Harold Nicholson face federal charges

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the son of former CIA double agent Jim Nicholson freed pending trial on charges of collecting money for his dad's former service to Russia.

The son, 24-year-old Nathaniel Nicholson of Eugene, is accused of smuggling messages from his father, serving 23 years at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, to Russian Federation officials in Mexico, Peru and Cyprus.

U.S. District Judge Anna Brown granted release, saying he could have fled last December when questioned by FBI agents but did not, The Oregonian reported.

Jim Nicholson is the highest ranking CIA agent ever convicted of espionage. The younger Nicholson was ordered to have no contact of any kind with his father.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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