Soldier Pleads Guilty In Classified Photo Case

By: Matthew Mogul, AP Business Writer

(AP) A soldier has pleaded guilty to trying to sell a newspaper photographs of a top-secret bunker where U.S. government leaders would be taken in a nuclear attack.

Army Spc. Maurice D. Threats, 22, of Cascade, Md., pleaded guilty Friday to bribery.

He admitted trying to sell photos of the Alternate Joint Communications Center to the weekly City Paper, prosecutor Dennis Pfannenschmidt said.

Threats was a security guard at the military center, which is inside a hollowed-out granite mountain near the Pennsylvania-Maryland line. It was designed during the Cold War to withstand a nuclear attack, and includes such amenities as a barber shop and post office.

The soldier’s lawyer, Thomas Thornton, said Monday that Threats tried to sell the photos because he needed money.

He could get up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. No sentencing date was set.

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