Defense Department Employee Charged with Espionage

Elliot Setzer
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 2:15 PM

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A Defense Department linguist, Mariam Thompson, was charged today by federal prosecutors in the District of Columbia with transmitting sensitive classified national defense information to a foreign national with apparent connections to Hezbollah. The affidavit filed in support of a criminal complaint alleges that the information transmitted by Thomas included classified information regarding the true names of active human assets.

You can read the complaint and affidavit below:

Elliot Setzer is a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford Law School and a Ph.D student at Yale University. He previously worked at Lawfare and the Brookings Institution.

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