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US officers allege the defendant’s actions put nationwide safety in danger

A US defence division linguist has been charged with transmitting “extremely delicate labeled” data to a international nationwide linked to the Lebanese Islamist militant group Hezbollah.

Mariam Thompson, 61, is accused of endangering the lives of US army personnel and others on “energetic” obligation by revealing their actual names.

Her alleged actions had been a “menace to nationwide safety”, US officers stated.

Ms Thompson was arrested by FBI brokers at an abroad US base on 27 February.

Previously of Rochester, Minnesota, she labored as a contract linguist and held a “prime secret authorities safety clearance”, the US justice division stated in a press release on Wednesday.

“Whereas in a warfare zone, the defendant allegedly gave delicate nationwide defence data, together with the names of people serving to america, to a Lebanese nationwide situated abroad,” the justice division’s assistant lawyer normal for nationwide safety, John Demers, stated.

“If true, this conduct is a shame, particularly for somebody serving as a contractor with america army. This betrayal of nation and colleagues shall be punished,” he added.

The assertion says that an investigation into Ms Thompson established “a notable shift” in her community exercise on the division’s labeled methods, together with accessing “data she had no purpose to entry”.

Then, on 19 February, an authorised search of her residing quarters led to the invention of a handwritten word in Arabic hidden beneath her mattress.

The word contained data “figuring out human belongings by title”, whereas warning an individual of curiosity affiliated with Hezbollah that these people’ telephones “must be monitored”, the assertion provides.

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Ms Thompson allegedly shared the labeled data with a “co-conspirator in whom she had a romantic curiosity”. The FBI investigation revealed that she knew this particular person was a international nationwide whose relative labored for the Lebanese authorities.

Ms Thompson is because of make an preliminary courtroom look on Wednesday.

If she is later convicted, she faces a most sentence of life in jail.