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Hawaii man gets 7 years in prison in military secrets case

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A former civilian defense contractor is being sentenced to seven years and three months for divulging military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and keeping classified documents at his Honolulu home.

U.S. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi sentenced Benjamin Bishop Wednesday.

Bishop pleaded guilty to two charges in March. The 60-year-old faced up to 10 years in prison on each of two counts.

Defense attorney Birney Bervar argued Bishop should be sentenced to time served.

He says Bishop didn’t intend to harm the United States and didn’t gain financially from his actions. He says Bishop was only trying to help his graduate student girlfriend with her research.

Bishop was arrested at Pacific Command headquarters in March 2013. He has spent most of his time since at the federal detention center in Honolulu.

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