Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Retired Sailor Guilty Of Attempted Espionage

Scott Daugherty at the Virginian-Pilot reports that Robert Patrick Hoffman was found guilty of attempted espionage.

A retired sailor from Virginia Beach was convicted Wednesday of trying to pass classified information to Russian spies.

Robert Patrick Hoffman II, 40, is set to be sentenced Dec. 2 in U.S. District Court. He faces up to life in prison for the one count of attempted espionage.

It took a jury 90 minutes Wednesday to reach a unanimous verdict and reject Hoffman’s defense that he actually was trying to lure his handlers into a trap.

Hoffman – a petty officer first class who retired in 2011 – passed classified information to undercover FBI agents posing as Russian intelligence officers

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