SEATTLE -

A former Microsoft Corp. employee accused of stealing trade secrets from the company and leaking them to a blogger has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

Seattlepi.com reports that prosecutors and Alex Kibkalo have agreed to recommend a sentence of three months in federal detention. Sentencing is set July 1.

Kibkalo pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Seattle to theft of trade secrets. He agreed to pay Microsoft $22,500, although it was unclear how he owed the money.

Prosecutors had accused the Russian national and former seven-year Microsoft employee of stealing information related to pre-release software updates for Windows 8 and Microsoft's "Activation Server Software Development Kit," and giving that information to a tech blogger in France.