Former government contractor Stephen Kim to plead guilty in U.S. leak case: lawyer

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Posted: Feb 07, 2014 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. government contractor Stephen Kim will plead guilty to one count of unauthorized disclosure of secret government information, his lawyer told a U.S. District Court judge on Friday.

Under an agreement with prosecutors subject to the approval of Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, Kim, 46, would serve 13 months in prison.

Scheduled to go on trial in April, Kim allegedly divulged to a Fox News reporter what U.S. intelligence believed about how North Korea would respond to new sanctions. A grand jury indicted Kim, a former State Department contract analyst, in 2010 for disclosing defense information and making false statements.

(Reporting by David Ingram; Writing by Howard Goller, editing by Kevin Drawbaugh)