De­fence con­trac­tor’s girl­friend, a spy?


Ade­fence con­trac­tor is ac­cused of pass­ing on national se­cu­rity se­crets to his young Chi­nese girl­friend. Ben­jamin Pierce Bishop is charged with shar­ing clas­si­fied mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence while work­ing at the US Pa­cific Com­mand in Hawaii. Whether in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the uniden­ti­fied woman is a Chi­nese spy re­mains a se­cret.

Ben­jamin Pierce Bishop, 59, a for­mer US Army of­fi­cer who works as a civil­ian em­ployee of a de­fence con­trac­tor at US Pa­cific Com­mand in Oahu, was ar­rested re­cently. He is charged with one count of will­fully com­mu­ni­cat­ing national de­fence in­for­ma­tion to a per­son not en­ti­tled to re­ceive it, and one count of un­law­fully re­tain­ing doc­u­ments re­lated to national de­fence. If con­victed, he faces a max­i­mum of 20 years in prison.

The case is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the FBI’s Honolulu Di­vi­sion and the Naval Crim­i­nal In­ves­tiga­tive Ser­vice in co­or­di­na­tion with US Pa­cific Com­mand and the US Army.

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