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N.C.-based sailor charged with attempted espionage
Virginian Pilot ^ | March 3, 2011 | Staff and wire reports

Posted on 03/03/2011 5:04:37 PM PST by csvset

NORFOLK

A U.S. Navy sailor serving at Fort Bragg was charged today with attempting to sell classified documents.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Minkyu Martin, of New York, was charged with attempting to forward classified information to a person not authorized to receive such information, a news release from the Navy Region Mid-Atlantic public affairs office said. A court-martial date has not been set.

Martin, an intelligence specialist, was arrested in December while he was assigned to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story in Virginia Beach.

According to a warrant filed in Eastern District Court in North Carolina, Martin accepted a total of $3,500 from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for dozens of pages of documents that were classified either secret or top secret.

In the initial Nov. 15 meeting with the undercover agent, at a Hampton Inn near Fort Bragg, Martin told the agent his current assignment focused on Afghanistan, and that he would one day work for the Defense Intelligence Agency, according to the warrant.

"Martin stated that over his prospective 15 to 20 year career, he could be very valuable," the warrant says.

Martin was paid $500, along with the promise of more money in exchange for secret documents, according to the warrant. At two subsequent meetings, Martin handed over documents in exchange for two payments of $1,500 in cash, for which he signed a receipt using a code name, the warrant says.

Paul O'Donnell, a spokesman for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, said investigators were confident no classified information was actually delivered to anyone not authorized to see it.

He was arrested Dec. 1 in Fayetteville, N.C. According to court documents, investigators seized a laptop computer, a digital audio recorder, a cell phone and unspecified file folders from the hotel on Fort Bragg where Martin was living.

Martin enlisted in the Navy in 2006 and received a top-secret-level security clearance the following year. Before coming to Fort Bragg in September, he was stationed at military facilities in Syracuse, N.Y., Jackson, S.C., San Diego and Washington, D.C.

While he's been held in the brig at Norfolk Naval Station, he has advanced from a petty officer 3rd class to petty officer 2nd class.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: fortbragg; fortstory; navy; spy; usn

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Minkyu Martin

1 posted on 03/03/2011 5:04:42 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset

Is he a Lady Gaga fan too?


2 posted on 03/03/2011 5:07:10 PM PST by dennisw ( The early bird catches the worm)
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To: csvset

Who in the Navy is going to authorize his promotion to E2?? He should stay in the slammer for a long, long time.


3 posted on 03/03/2011 5:10:05 PM PST by Ken522
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To: csvset

And I bet he wasn’t selling it to what he believed were Canadians either.


4 posted on 03/03/2011 5:12:55 PM PST by fso301
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To: csvset
Paul O'Donnell, a spokesman for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, said investigators were confident no classified information was actually delivered to anyone not authorized to see it.

He's had a TS clearance for 3 years and November was the first time he tried selling classified documents? I'm a little skeptical about that one.

5 posted on 03/03/2011 5:13:56 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: csvset

I wonder who he thought he was selling the information to.


6 posted on 03/03/2011 5:15:18 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: csvset

$3500??? He was willing to sell his country and his soul for $3500?


7 posted on 03/03/2011 5:15:26 PM PST by mkmensinger
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To: csvset
Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Minkyu Martin

Well, minkyu, too.

8 posted on 03/03/2011 5:17:05 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Sawdring

“I wonder who he thought he was selling the information to.”

I was wondering the same thing too.


9 posted on 03/03/2011 5:17:34 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: Sawdring; fso301
Chinese?

Just a guess.

10 posted on 03/03/2011 5:18:12 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset
We should have started long ago. Hanson, and the Walkers would have been a deterrent. If we would have hanged them all, preferably on TV, this type of treason may be rare.

Now, let's make Manning a deterrent.

5.56mm

11 posted on 03/03/2011 5:19:57 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: csvset
Minkyu seems to be a Korean name. Which is why I thought of North Korea.
12 posted on 03/03/2011 5:21:00 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: csvset

He could go to jail for trying to sell the info to our allies also I guess. I’m sure there are plenty of functioning spy rings all around the US.


13 posted on 03/03/2011 5:25:16 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: csvset
Martin handed over documents in exchange for two payments of $1,500 in cash, for which he signed a receipt using a code name, the warrant says.

Signed a receipt, SIGNED A RECEIPT??!? How stupid can you get?

14 posted on 03/03/2011 5:25:31 PM PST by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: TopQuark

Bragg? Maybe they could just let him have a night time stroll up around the stockade... Accidents happen. It’s dark out and everything...


15 posted on 03/03/2011 5:26:09 PM PST by Noamie
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To: mkmensinger
$3500?

That's not much at all.

A local gal embezzled $2.3 million from a local business.

Norfolk bookkeeper charged with stealing $2.3M

16 posted on 03/03/2011 5:32:27 PM PST by csvset
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To: Traveler59
SIGNED A RECEIPT?

Hook, line and sinker it seems.

17 posted on 03/03/2011 5:34:32 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset

Another homo?


18 posted on 03/03/2011 5:37:30 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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While he's been held in the brig at Norfolk Naval Station, he has advanced from a petty officer 3rd class to petty officer 2nd class.

Shoot, before they can get him court-martialed Obama will probably make him Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

19 posted on 03/03/2011 5:47:13 PM PST by EternalVigilance (In a time that calls desperately for moral statesmanship most have chosen immoral gamesmanship.)
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To: Lancey Howard
Gay? Like Manning? Who knows?

Some traitors have sex with foreign agents. It doesn't look like he went that route.

I wonder if he has steady girl?

Probably not. A gal would have asked for a lot more than $3,500. She could spend that real quick.

He's probably a loner

20 posted on 03/03/2011 5:52:59 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset

A new NCIS episode in the making.......


21 posted on 03/03/2011 6:13:51 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Ken522

E5 actually.


22 posted on 03/04/2011 8:52:57 AM PST by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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