Thursday, May 19, 2011

UPDATED: Espionage Court-Martial for Sailor Convenes Today

A sailor who allegedly accepted money from undercover FBI agents faces a general court-martial in Norfolk today for 4 specifications of attempted espionage and 11 specifications of mishandling classified material.  Navy Reserve PO2 Bryan Minkyu Martin is charged with giving Secret and Top Secret documents to investigators whom Martin believed were foreign agents in 3 different meetings last year.  The Virginian-Pilot article predicts the case will last 2 days, which sounds like a judge-alone plea deal to me.

UPDATE:  As I'd suspected, Martin pled guilty this morning to most of the charges pending against him.  Apparently, he believed he was passing secret information to Chinese spies.  The motive appears to have been money.

H/t to Viking.