Defense Department Linguist Charged With Passing Highly Classified Intel to Hezbollah Operative


Prosecutors said that when officials searched her living quarters, they found a handwritten note in Arabic concealed under her mattress with information about Defense Department computer systems and warning of a Defense Department target.

They said she had given the information in the note to a co-conspirator, in whom she had a romantic interest. The co-conspirator, who was not identified, worked for the Lebanese government and “has apparent connections” to Hezbollah, according to prosecutors.

Defense Department Linguist Charged With Passing Highly Classified Intel to Hezbollah Operative

By: Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, March 4, 2020:

A linguist working for the Defense Department was charged with passing “highly sensitive classified national defense information” to a foreign national affiliated with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group.

Mariam Taha Thompson is charged with compiling classified U.S. government information “regarding active human assets, including their true names” and passing it to Hezbollah operatives, the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.

“By compromising the identities of these human assets, Thompson placed the lives of the human assets and U.S. military personnel in grave danger,” the Justice Department said in a statement on Thompson’s case.

“While in a war zone, the defendant allegedly gave sensitive national defense information, including the names of individuals helping the United States, to a Lebanese national located overseas,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said in a statement. “If true, this conduct is a disgrace, especially for someone serving as a contractor with the United States military. This betrayal of country and colleagues will be punished.”

“The conduct alleged in this complaint is a grave threat to national security, placed lives at risk, and represents a betrayal of our armed forces,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Timothy J. Shea said in a statement. “The charges we’ve filed today should serve as a warning to anyone who would consider disclosing classified national defense information to a terrorist organization.”

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