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Man accused of passing secrets allowed to stay at halfway house

By Audrey McAvoy / Associated Press


A defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend will be allowed to stay at a halfway house while he awaits trial, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Conditions can be imposed on Benjamin Bishop's release that would address concerns about him being a flight risk and posing a danger to the community, U.S. District Judge Leslie Koba­ya­shi said. She directed court officials to put Bishop on the waiting list for a bed at the Mahoney Hale halfway house in Iwilei.

Kobayashi said she will hold a hearing to determine the conditions of Bishop's release once bed space becomes available. Bishop will remain in federal detention until then.

Federal investigators say Bishop, 59, told his 27-year-old girlfriend secrets about U.S. war plans, nuclear weapons and missile defense.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Sorenson has argued that Bishop poses a threat to national security because he could divulge defense secrets if he is released before trial.

Sorenson told the judge at a hearing Friday that Bishop would likely get hold of a cellphone or get on the Internet at Mahoney Hale, and there was a chance he would use the technology to disclose secrets.

But Kobayashi, in an outline of her ruling, said conditions imposed on Bishop could include "restrictions on communication and physically leaving the premises, as well as third-party custodianship and other conditions to be determined."

Kobayashi said she would issue a full written decision later.

Bishop, a former U.S. Pacific Command contractor, has been charged with one count of communicating defense information to a person not entitled to receive it, and one count of unlawfully retaining defense documents and plans.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.

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allie wrote:
He looks guilty
on April 2,2013 | 06:18AM
turbolink wrote:
And you wonder why no one takes you seriously?
on April 2,2013 | 10:17AM
allie wrote:
Just teasing hon..geesh
on April 2,2013 | 12:03PM
DABLACK wrote:
Why "Halfway House" ?? There's a building next the the airport that can take him !!
on April 2,2013 | 08:07AM
pcman wrote:
This man is dangerous because he knows a lot about military plans for the next 20-30 years. He will try to selll every bit he knows to get the best criminal defense he can get for the anount of money he can get from agents from China, North Koera, Russia, Iran, etc. Not only that, it will cost billions of dollars of planning and many years of coordination with allies to build the plans he has been reading, developing and stashing at his apartment. Any judge who has never been in the military can never fathom the implications this man can have on the future of our country its allies, its rlationships and its national interests, He also knows the names of people in the defense industry who could also become sources to our foreign and domestic enemies. He also knows the names of people who have supplied information to the US government and he could blackmail their countries or have them killed. No judge could let this man out of 24-hour custody, knowing that the efforts of thousands of people would be negated by the information he sells for his own survival. No doubt that his girlfriend shoul also be detained and deterred from selling what she also knows.
on April 2,2013 | 08:44AM
false wrote:
He is no where near as dangerous as Roger Christie, who has been in Jail for almost 3 years without charges even being filed.
on April 2,2013 | 09:14AM
allie wrote:
More likely he will sell what he needs to Israel..read the CIA reports about this
on April 2,2013 | 12:04PM
pcman wrote:
All of his emails, letters, faxes, phone calls need to be recorded and checked. He kept copies of dozens of top secret documents in his apartment. That, would not include stuff he stashed in numerous possible places which he can sell just by providing keys, codes, etc. to storage places, caches and his contacts living spaces. It's unbelievable what this man did and what he still can do. Of course, his bank accounts everywhere in the world should be confiscated.
on April 2,2013 | 06:43PM
false wrote:
He is still not as dangeorus as Roger Christie.
on April 2,2013 | 06:59PM
primo65 wrote:
What happened to the Chinese girlfriend? She should be arrested for espionage, thrown in GITMO and waterboarded or worse! I'm sure the Chinese would do the same if they caught one of our spies.
on April 2,2013 | 12:01PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Apparently, her whereabouts is probably being kept secret because this woman is involved with another case which they can't talk about just yet.
on April 2,2013 | 04:30PM
primo65 wrote:
Wow! Another one?! Be careful out there guys. Keep your SA up and think with the big, not little head.
on April 2,2013 | 06:13PM
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