Navy Officer Charged with Espionage

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Navy Officer Charged with Espionage

An unnamed Naval Officer has been charged with espionage, which under certain conditions can mean the death penalty. The Lieutenant Commander was part of a patrol and reconnaissance group, and is being held in the Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake. He appeared at the Article 32 (preliminary hearing) at the Naval Station Norfolk on Friday.

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Naval Station Norfolk

His name is not being released because it is a “National Security” case, and the charging documents were heavily redacted.

Page 1 of the charging document -photo via usni

Military.com wrote,

The charge sheets say the officer communicated secret information “relating to the national defense to representatives of a foreign government.” The documents do not specify what information was provided, when it was provided or to which nation it was provided…

ABC News reported,

According to the charge sheets, the officer has been charged with five counts of espionage and attempted espionage. The documents allege that on “divers occasions” the officer did “with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation, attempt to communicate SECRET information relating to the national defense to a representative of a foreign government.”

He was also charged with four counts of a violation of a Lawful General Order by “wrongfully transporting material classified as SECRET.” There were also seven counts of violating Article 134 of the UCMJ for communicating defense information “to a person not entitled to receive said information,” patronizing a prostitute and adultery. These specifications also note that he signed a leave request with a false address “rather than the actual foreign destination.”

The Lt Cmdr is also charged with adultery, and patrionizing prostitution.

A “National Security Case”

The Navy’s Fleet Forces Command is the convening authority, due to the national security aspect of the case. It is unknown when the decision will be made as to the next step in the case.

National Security cases in the Navy are rare in this day and age, with the last case being John Walker in 1985.

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