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[ISN] Pacific Command contractor charged in espionage case
Hawaii News Now
March 19, 2013
A defense contractor living in Kapolei is accused of leaking U.S. military
secrets. The Army reservist with a top secret security clearance allegedly
shared classified data with his girlfriend who is a Chinese national. Court
documents revealed that Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 59, met the 27-year-old in
Hawaii at a conference on international military defense. Investigators said
the woman may have been at the conference to target individuals who have access
to classified information. According to sources, Bishop works for defense
contractor Referentia Systems Incorporated at the U.S. Pacific Command.
"Mr. Bishop was arrested last Friday at the U.S. Pacific Command headquarters
here in Honolulu without any incident," said U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni.
According to an affidavit by an FBI special agent, Bishop leaked classified
information to the woman who is living in the U.S. on a student visa. Bishop is
accused of hiding their romantic relationship from the U.S. government. One
email allegedly contained data on existing war plans, nuclear weapons, and
relations with international partners. He is also accused of discussing
detection of foreign ballistic missiles and the deployment of early warning
radar systems in the Pacific Rim.
"The arrest of Mr. Bishop is just the first step in what is going to be a long
process, and we are actively continuing the investigation to determine the
roles of all those involved in this case," Nakakuni said.
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