Friday, August 16, 2013

Espionage Trial Begins For Former Sailor

The Navy Times offers a report on the beginning of the trial of a former U.S. Navy petty officer accused of attempted espionage.

Norfolk, VA. — A former sailor on trial for attempted espionage claims he gave classified information to what he believed were Russian spies in an attempt to catch them.

The federal trial for retired Petty Officer 1st Class Robert P. Hoffman II began Thursday in Norfolk.

Hoffman, 40, spent much of his 20-year Navy career on submarines as a cryptologic technician. After he went on a three-week trip to Eastern Europe in 2011, the FBI sent Hoffman a medal and letter in 2012 purporting to be from Russian intelligence officers asking him to provide “technical expertise,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Salsbury said during opening statements.

You can read the rest of the story via the below link:

You can also read the FBI's December 6, 2012 release on the indictment of Hoffman via the below link:

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