Defense Contractor Leaks To ChineseCourtesy: US Defense Department
A defense contractor is set to plead guilty to giving classified information to his Chinese girlfriend. The contractor, who was also in the US Army Reserves, carried on an extramarital affair with the Chinese girl, half of his age. He was arrested last March and had been held in a federal detention center. He had access to nuclear information as well as other pertinent information as it related to the US Pacific Command.
A civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to a Chinese girlfriend half his age will be entering a guilty plea, his attorney said Tuesday.
Benjamin Bishop was expected to 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.
Bishop was arrested last March at the headquarters for the U.S. Pacific Command, where he worked.
An FBI affidavit last year alleged the then-59-year-old gave his 27-year-old girlfriend classified information about war plans, nuclear weapons, missile defenses and other topics.
Bervar has said the two were in love and that the case was about love, not espionage.
Bishop has been in federal detention in Honolulu for the majority of time since his March 2013 arrest.
U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi allowed him to move to a halfway house last June. But a magistrate judge ordered him back to jail in December after he violated the terms of his release by emailing his girlfriend and writing her a letter.
Bishop, who is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, worked in the field of cyber defense at Pacific Command from May 2011 until his arrest. Prior to that, he helped develop Pacific Command strategy and policy.