Defense Contractor Arrested for Passing Documents to Chinese Woman
A 59-year old U.S. defense contractor was arrested last Friday in Hawaii and charged with giving a 27-year old Chinese woman national security secrets involving war plans and nuclear weapons.
According to Fox News, Benjamin Pierce Bishop was romantically involved since 2011 with the 27-year old woman. She was in the United States on a J-Visa, which is for people in work or study-based exchange programs. Authorities found papers marked "secret" at Bishop's home, even though he did not have authority to bring classified materials home.
Bishop, according to reports, was a "defense contractor who works in intelligence at the U.S. Pacific Command" and sent the Chinese woman U.S. state secrets--like the "deployment of U.S. strategic nuclear systems" and "the ability of the U.S. to detect other nations' low-and medium-range missiles"--over the phone and e-mail.
Bishop is scheduled to appear in court Friday; a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 1st.