Skip to comments.N.C.-based sailor charged with attempted espionage
Posted on 03/03/2011 5:04:37 PM PST by csvset
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.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Minkyu Martin
Is he a Lady Gaga fan too?
Who in the Navy is going to authorize his promotion to E2?? He should stay in the slammer for a long, long time.
And I bet he wasn’t selling it to what he believed were Canadians either.
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.
I wonder who he thought he was selling the information to.
$3500??? He was willing to sell his country and his soul for $3500?
Well, minkyu, too.
“I wonder who he thought he was selling the information to.”
I was wondering the same thing too.
Just a guess.
Now, let's make Manning a deterrent.
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.
Signed a receipt, SIGNED A RECEIPT??!? How stupid can you get?
Bragg? Maybe they could just let him have a night time stroll up around the stockade... Accidents happen. It’s dark out and everything...
That's not much at all.
A local gal embezzled $2.3 million from a local business.
Hook, line and sinker it seems.
Shoot, before they can get him court-martialed Obama will probably make him Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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
A new NCIS episode in the making.......