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Espionage in the Aloha State? U.S. v. Bishop

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Filed March 14th in the U.S. District Court of Hawaii: a criminal complaint against a civilian defense contractor, Benjamin Bishop, for unlawfully leaking national security secrets to his girlfriend.  The latter, a Chinese national, allegedly works for the People’s Republic of China—but has not yet been located. The AP first reported the story.

The complaint was unsealed recently, on the government’s motion.  It alleges, among other things, that Bishop unlawfully retained documents relating to the national defense; and further that he disclosed classified information to his girlfriend, including:

  • “existing war plans, information regarding nuclear weapons, and relations with international partners” (classified at SECRET)
  • “planned deployment of U.S. strategic nuclear systems, as well as the ability of the U.S. to detect low and medium range ballistic missiles of foreign governments” (classified at SECRET)
  • “the deployment of U.S. early warning radar systems in the Pacific rim and the ability of the U.S. to detect short and medium range ballistic missiles of foreign governments” (classified at SECRET)
  • “the proposed deployment of a U.S. radar system in the Pacific rim” (classified at SECRET)

The complaint also says that, at his girlfriend’s request, Bishop collected classified intelligence from his work space on the “operation of a particular naval asset of the People’s Republic of China.”

Bishop is in federal custody.  A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 1.

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