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Oahu man accused of passing secrets appeals no-bail ruling

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:39 a.m. HST, Mar 28, 2013

The attorney of a Pacific Command defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his girlfriend is appealing a judge's ruling keeping him in custody while he awaits trial.

Birney Bervar filed the appeal on behalf of Benjamin Bishop in U.S. District Court in Honolulu Wednesday.

Magistrate Judge Richard Puglisi on Monday ordered Bishop detained on the grounds he's a danger to national security because he could divulge classified information if released.

Bishop is charged with one count of communicating national defense information to a person not entitled to receive it and one count of unlawfully retaining national defense documents and plans.

The appeal filed by Bervar argues Bishop is not a flight risk nor is there a danger he will obstruct justice or threaten a witness or juror.

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busthalfnut wrote:
He wrongly put documents of a highly confidential and sensitive nature in his home, in violation of the terms of his employment. He wrongly shared those documents. Appeal has no merit.
on March 27,2013 | 03:36PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
That fact that he possessed secret documents in his home is enough reason for me to keep him locked up. He's a stupid 59 yr old man that thought a 27 yr old woman was in love with him???? HA....You can't trust him anymore, people will do almost anything for love or money.
on March 27,2013 | 04:50PM
sailfish1 wrote:
He wants bail so he can skip the country. His life in the U.S. is over.
on March 27,2013 | 06:38PM
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