DoD Official Charged With Handing Over Classified Data To China

May 16, 2009

User with classified data access sold Defense Department information, documents

A Department of Defense official with top-secret security clearance allegedly provided an official working for the Chinese government with classified department data and documents.

According to a Department of Justice announcement, officials have charged James Wilbur Fondren Jr., deputy director for the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) Washington Liaison Office, with espionage conspiracy for providing classified information to an agent of a foreign government. Fondren sold information to a Taiwanese-American man in the form of “opinion papers” that included classified DoD data via an at-home consulting business he ran on the side, according to the affidavit filed this week.

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