By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
December 6, 2010
A Navy intelligence specialist at the Joint Special Operations Command
has been accused of taking top secret documents from military networks
and offering to sell them to an investigator posing as a foreign agent.
Petty Officer Bryan Minkyu Martin was arrested last week by the Naval
Criminal Investigative Service, after a sting operation in which he
passed classified documents to an FBI undercover agent claiming to be an
intelligence officer of a foreign country, according to the affidavit
for a search warrant filed last week in a federal court in North
Martin, who enlisted in 2007 and was assigned to the Special Operations
Command at Fort Bragg, has not been charged. An attorney for Martin
could not be contacted Tuesday night.
The military is investigating Martin under some of the same Espionage
Act statutes as those being used to investigate Pfc. Bradley E. Manning,
the Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking cables and other
classified documents to WikiLeaks.
According to the affidavit, Martin met the agent at a Hampton Inn in
Spring Lake, N.C., on Nov. 15. He is alleged to have described his
access to various classified systems and offered to bring two classified
documents to their next meeting. He also allegedly said that he was
seeking "long-term financial reimbursement," that his current assignment
focused on Afghanistan and that he would be working for the Defense
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