Colonel Gave Nuke Secrets to Chinese Girlfriend: Feds
Defense contractor charged; hid relationship from military
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2013 4:34 AM CDT
Top secret documents were found inside the home of civilian defense contractor Benjamin Pierce Bishop in Kapolei, Hawaii.   (AP Photo/Oskar Garcia)

(Newser) – A 59-year-old defense contractor's 27-year-old girlfriend from China may have had some ulterior motives, federal authorities say. Benjamin Bishop, a lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserve who works in intelligence at Pacific Command, has been charged with passing "national defense information regarding existing war plans, information regarding nuclear weapons, and relations with international partners" to the Chinese citizen, ABC reports.

Bishop met the woman at a conference on military defense issues and began a relationship with her in 2011, a year before he divorced his wife, the AP reports. She is still in the US on a student visa and officials haven't charged her or said whether they believe she is working for the Chinese government. Bishop did not report the relationship to supervisors, despite being required to do so to maintain his top secret security clearance. A search of Bishop's home turned up at least a dozen classified documents he was not authorized to bring home. When Bishop's girlfriend asked him last month what the US knew about "the operation of a particular naval asset of People’s Republic of China," he obligingly researched the issue for her, court papers say.

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RAD45
Mar 21, 2013 9:12 PM CDT
If this colonel/defense contractor is guilty of passing secrets, the charge should be treason and the punishment should fit the crime. Its time our government started enforcing treason laws -- they are there for a purpose! Selling out your country for any reason is grounds for permanent, prejudicial removal from society.
slammer
Mar 20, 2013 1:27 PM CDT
she be ugalatious yuck!
close-quarters
Mar 20, 2013 10:40 AM CDT
did she really C-R-A-C-K him? check his pharmacy records