Navy Sailor Sentenced for Leaking Intelligence to China

The petty officer who accepted a bribe for military information will serve 27 months.

A U.S. Navy petty officer was sentenced to 27 months of prison on Monday for giving private military information to a Chinese intelligence officer in exchange for nearly $15,000. The accused pleaded guilty to conspiracy and receiving a bribe in October, admitting that he sent his Chinese handler plans for upcoming military exercises and various blueprints for the U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan.

The sailor “chose to betray the oath he took to our country and put others at risk,” said Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Security Branch Executive Assistant Director Larissa Knapp. “Today’s sentencing demonstrates, yet again, the inability of China’s intelligence services to prevent the FBI and our vital partners from apprehending and prosecuting the spies China recruits.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Executive Assistant Director Larissa Knapp as she heads the FBI’s National Security Branch.
  • For officials in the Justice Department as they prosecute Americans who participate in espionage for adversarial countries.

Sources: Reuters, Department of Justice


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