Today in Soft Drink Espionage

Really, words fail me:

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — The two men accused of plotting with

a secretary at Coca-Cola Co. to steal trade secrets from the world’s

biggest soft drink maker and trying to sell them to archrival PepsiCo

Inc. each pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy.


Dimson and Edmund Duhaney both could face up to 10 years in prison and

a $250,000 fine when they’re sentenced January 29.

Former Coca-Cola secretary Joya Williams is still scheduled to stand trial starting the week of November 13.

“She is absolutely not pleading,” said Williams’ attorney, Janice Singer.

No word, however, whether Mentos got right of first refusal for the alleged secrets-trading.