Hawaii Spy Case: Did Chinese Girlfriend Lure Secrets From Contractor?

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(Honolulu Civil Beat) A former U.S. defense contractor’s Chinese girlfriend might have coaxed top secret national security information from him, according to documents filed in federal court Monday.

Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 59, is accused of telling his girlfriend classified nuclear secrets and keeping sensitive information at his home in Kapolei, both in violation of federal law.

But Bishop’s girlfriend, who he met at an international military defense conference in Hawaii, remains a mystery. Federal officials won’t say who she is, only identifying her as “Person 1.”

There also doesn’t appear to be any push to bring the woman — who was in the U.S. on a student visa — into custody.

Bishop, meanwhile, is being isolated in a special holding unit at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu. He was arrested on March 15 at U.S. Pacific Command, where he worked in cyber defense and had top secret security clearance.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has tried to keep Bishop behind bars until his case goes to trial, describing him as a national security threat because of the information contained in his mind. . . . (read the rest including the court order)

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