Thursday, March 13, 2014

Global Impact: Defense Contractor Expected to Plead Guilty to Releasing Secrets to Chinese Girlfriend

According to The Associated Press, Benjamin Bishop, 60,  a US civilian defense contractor faces a court hearing Thursday (March 13) on federal charges, for giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend, 28, the latter of whom may have targeted him on behalf of China.

Bishop's legal counsel said his client will plead guilty to one count of transmitting national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it and one count of unlawfully retaining national defense documents and plans.

COMMENT: Bishop was arrested last year at US Pacific Command headquarters in Honolulu.

Authorities have not released the 28-year-old girlfriend's identity or whereabouts, or said publicly whether they believe she was working for the Chinese government. 

An affidavit filed by the FBI last year alleged that Bishop's young girlfriend may have attended an international defense conference in Hawaii specifically to target those having access to classified information.

Bishop, who is a lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserve, worked in the field of cyber defense at Pacific Command from May 2011 until his arrest. 

If the prosecutor can prove that Bishop released sensitive information to an agent-provocateur of the Chinese government he could face a lengthy prison term and be stripped of his status in the Army. 

Then again, defendants that plead guilty to violating their oath of office often receive a "slap on the hand."

For those who possess a national security clearance of any nation, please be cognizant that the proverbial "honey-pot" is a historic intelligence technique for luring loyal government workers from betraying their country.