PACOM contractor charged with sharing nuclear secrets with China

A former Army officer has been arrested and charged  in Hawaii for sharing nuclear secrets with a Chinese woman living in the U.S. on a visa, according to a report by a Hawaiian television station.

Benjamin Pierce Bishop, 59, is a defense contractor working at U.S. Pacific Command. He allegedly passed information relating to “nuclear weapons …  the planned deployment of U.S. strategic nuclear systems … the ability of the United States to detect low- and medium-range ballistic missiles of foreign governments, and … the deployment of U.S. early warning radar systems in the Pacific Rim,” according to court documents.

Bishop, 59, had a relationship with the Chinese woman, 27, which he hid from U.S. officials. He was arrested Friday at his office at U.S. Pacific Command. He was arrested without incident, according to the report.

Bishop was charged with “one count of willfully communicating national defense information to a person not entitled to receive such information and one count of unlawfully retaining documents related to the national defense,” according to KITV’s report. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail.

There were no further details in the affidavit about the content of the information Bishop allegedly shared with the woman, according to the report.

The arrest comes on the heels of the announcement by Defense Secretary Hagel that the U.S. will boost its missile defense system to protect U.S. borders.

63 Comments on "PACOM contractor charged with sharing nuclear secrets with China"

  1. Was that wrong? Should he have not done that?

    "Bishop, 59, had a relationship with the Chinese woman, 27, which he hid from U.S. officials."

    It's always the wrong head guiding these decisions.

  2. Should have reported her to the officials. why? he was not having a relationship he was planning on giving secrets to Chinese. Hell with 20 years give him life.

  3. When your girlfriend starts a detailed discussion about the deployment of strategic nuclear weaponry and ballistic missile defense systems, something might be a bit off.

  4. Reported or not, Bishop, an older man with nuclear secrets, didn't find it suspicious that a much younger national of an enemy government (YES enemy – no typo there), would out-of-the-blue want to have a relationship with him?

    Oh, and because I'm shameless, can we get a photo of the Chinese women he was seeing to find out whether she was worth spending up to 20 years in jail for?

  5. It's obviously a honey trap, how else would a guy at the age of 59 get a girl at the age of 27 unless he was loaded.

  6. Army officer sells his country out to become a contractor and then its hardly surprising that he sells his country out again to the Chinese. No doubt most contractors would do the same if they had the chance.

  7. Hang him.

  8. you know "SEX" / "WOMEN" is always going to be the motive.
    Especially with tiny women.
    It's the most successful and ancient spy weapon. And man will always fall.
    I bet you this white boy, which there is not doubt he's white, thought he was on top of the world. lol

  9. "lol". Racist idiot.

  10. Dennis Barrett | March 19, 2013 at 9:59 am | Reply

    And the woman? Arrested for being a spy? No other story on that?

  11. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/benjamin-bishop/a/96a

    Benjamin Bishop
    U.S. Pacific Command
    Camp H M Smith, Hawaii (Hawaiian Islands) Military

    Senior Analyst
    U.S. Pacific Command
    May 2012 – Present (11 months)

    JROC/JCIDS and Cybersecurity and Operational Energy
    Lieutenant Colonel
    U.S. Army
    Government Agency; 10,001 employees; Military industry
    February 2002 – May 2012 (10 years 4 months)

    Special Forces
    Strategic Planner
    U.S. Pacific Command
    May 2010 – April 2012 (2 years)

    J5 Planner on Extended Deterrence
    Mason
    Aloha Shrine
    2001 – 2012 (11 years)

    Special Operations Planner
    US Joint Forces Command
    Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Defense & Space industry
    April 2008 – February 2009 (11 months)

    Special Operations Planner within Joint Enabling Capabilities Command

    Naval War College
    2003 – 2009

    Case Western Reserve University – Weatherhead School of Management
    MBA, Management Information Decision Systems
    1974 – 1977

    Groups and Associations:
    American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Sojourners, Free & Accepted Masons

    Honolulu Free Masons

    Special Forces Veterans

    U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) Alumni

    U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM)

    USSOCOM Alumni

  12. looselipsnukeships | March 19, 2013 at 10:44 am | Reply

    What kind of moron (who works in the defense industry) wouldn't assume a Chinese woman half his age was a spy given their track record in these matters?

    Treason has one punishment

  13. The Soviets ran a successful espionage program against the US for decades yet as we now know they had no intention of taking on the West in a contest of arms. Can we say that about the Chinese with any confidence? Between cyber-espionage and the old fashion face to face sort, the US could lose whatever the Chinese start before we realize they've started and that we've lost. The US needs to reform its counter-espionage attitude by assuming there are far more traitors then we've seen in the past and to assume their are far more foreign nationals spying in one form or another for other governments. From these assumptions we should become far more aggressive in monitoring, investigating and punishing those we catch.

  14. A woman's private part is the most powerful weapon in the world, history be told empires as well as powerful men all fell cause of it.

  15. On the flip side the FBI just arrested a Chinese spy for having unlimited access to NASA's projects and stuff.
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/watchdog-alert-fbi-

    Best part was he had a one-way ticket to China when they got him.

  16. Men are so weak. All the Chinese, Russians and Israelis have to do is send a good looking woman, flash boobs and the stupid male reveals everything.

  17. >At least this guy didn't do it on purpose.

    Because when every day you betray your nation as a corrupt contractor, handing over secrets to the Chinese just seems a natural.

    >It's the most successful and ancient spy weapon. And man will always fall.

    Sounds like you would do the same. Maybe if a north Korean nuke penetrated the US missile defense and wiped out a city because of the information the contractor handed over – you’d wipe the smirk off your face – but probably not.

    No doubt the Chinese secret service knows what the KGB knew that contractors are the easiest target. As Gordievsky says in the history of the KGB the contractors unlike other organizations – all had a price – and usually it was surprisingly low.

  18. I can't help but think that if the U.S. would start shooting these traitors instead of jailing them. I'd bet that they would at least think twice before giving up our country. Shoot the SOB

  19. Not surprised lonely American men make easy targets. its China's new ultra new weapon: hot Sexy Asian women!!! Idea is make make the USA 1/2 Chinese by 2050! Joke….

  20. wonder why he was targeted look at the linkedin post. be smart people and not tell your life. Its not a secret but you are just making yourself a target.

  21. Great news! Bradley Manning will have a roomie.

  22. did she blab to the chinese or is this a case of just trying to crack down on leaks?

  23. I'm 73. Do you think I could get one of those 27 year olds if I told Secrets ?

  24. Manuel Sanchez | March 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Reply

    This offense is a National Security Violation, consequences well know by the general populatuion as equal to treason for release of Top Secret Information, and should be dealt with swiftly by execution. I agree, this person should be shot to death. The could mean a re-living of " Pearl Harbor ". A Vietnam Veteran.

  25. I'm sure we know that a lot of men can be persuaded by women. I am certain that we use the same tactics against our enemies. Our intelligence agencies know that Chinese and other foreign men are very attracted to American women and use them to get information/secrets that we want. Tit for Tat!!!

  26. Give him the same punishment the Chinese would give one of their own for committing the same offense.

  27. Why aren't people like this being charged with treason any more?

  28. Restore Palestine | March 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Reply

    Sounds like the US government is trying to frame the 59 y.o. engineer with entrapment and fabricated charges.

    I'll bet there are tens of thousands of young Chinese women in America. And brainless freaks on this board would label every one of them a Chinese spy.

    To me, it's perfectly normal for an experienced engineer to recite his knowledge or accomplishments to his wife or girl-friend. In fact, I'll bet that ALL of the good-at-nothing US hypocrites on this board would even make up some stories to impress their girl-friends.

  29. I don't know wether to laugh or cry

  30. Twenty years, my ass, give him death. Mr Bishop is a traitor. This would set an example for anyone who tried this

  31. Hang them both – treason, were they politicians

  32. Hey GI! Me love you long time!

    I hate to say it, but polygraphs should be standard on any classified work being done by 1st or even 2nd generation foreign nationals from potential adversaries.

    Just like our intel services, our counterintelligence services are ossified and sclerotic. Maybe understaffed? I don't know. But when the alarm bells are going off about Chinese political, trade, and military espionage and the massive hacking of our networks, we really need to look at what we are doing and how and why.

  33. William C. LeFay | March 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Reply

    Bishop's acts are Treason,if proven and he is convicted! Should that be the case, the Death Penalty is demanded by this citizen and veteran of this United States. Damn the "Do Gooders" and their ilk who would suggest otherwise.

  34. and why hasnt this guy been charged with treason. and once found guilty taken out and shot.

  35. The irony is all you have to do is become a CEO of an American corporation and you can give the PRC all of the American technology and know-how you want to in the name of profit – and that goes double if you destroy American jobs and the tax base it takes to fund our military in the process.

  36. The irony is all you have to do is become CEO of a major corporation and you can give the PRC all of the American technology and know-how you want in the name of profit – and that goes double if you destroy American jobs and the tax base it takes to fund our military in the process.

  37. Just goes to show you what the caliber of the Dod personnel has degraded to. I say put him in front of a firing squad and let it be known that treason will not be tolerated !

  38. This is bull. Bring back the old Army how would have this guys butt against the wall and the firing squad doing a lock and load.

  39. Marine Corps Vet | March 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Reply

    Yes, he is a " TRAITOR ", and what he done is known as " TREASON ". It is punishable by " DEATH BY A FIRING SQUAD ". If he is found " GUILTY " then they should carry it out to the fullest extent. Let the " GOVERNMENT " show the ones who do these despicable crimes against " OUR COUNTRY ", that " WE WILL NOT " tolerate here in the " UNITED STATES of AMERICA ".

  40. He is only accused at this time right? No judicial process, just shoot him and be done with it? Glad you guys and gals are on the internet and not a jury box. Shame on you. This could be a set-up for all you know.

  41. Fucking execute this bastard. Firing squad now.

  42. What happened to the good old days when providing national defence information to an enemy during a time of war was considered Treason and was punishable by death. we are still at war i believe. in Afganistan.

  43. There are a lot of racist comments here. . .but 'sleeping with the enemy' is a punishable crime. . .nuclear secrets much more so. . . .these traitors who think with their 'small head' need to be publicly exposed and sentenced to LONG terms in prison. . . .it is an open secret that the Chinese will do anything and everything to obtain American military and corporate secrets. . . .but this kind of behavior cannot be detected when it remains hidden. . .to put it bluntly. . .a STIFF DICK has . . .NO conscience. . . .so think TWICE before putting it,and with whom.

  44. maby if the U.S would start to kill people that do stuff like this maby just a thought maby they would think twice about telling sensitive secrets. this is the type of stuff that can put our national security at risk. just one person like him can cause that to happen. kill the SOB

  45. Emory Golden | March 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Reply

    This SOB, give me the guillotine I'll be the executioner; Prison is to good for him, 20 years is not enough, life @ the edge of a precipice is more suitable for his serious crime against our U.S.A.. Race as nothing to do with this Benedict Arnold, evil can enter in anyone. ( demon incarnate from Hell, whisper's in gullible ears ).

  46. I think this guy did not read a spy news in the last 10 years. All he has to do is inform his boss then feed all the wrong info to the young chinesse spy while getting a piece then get medal of something at the end.

  47. Adam Majkowski | March 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Reply

    Since "defense" to americans means attacking everything and everyone in sight, other countries need to know what our criminal military is up to, to prepare actual defenses for our planet.

  48. nooky nooky for nu-key nu-key

  49. This type of crime is worth the death penalty.

  50. kill the SOB. he is putting our ENTIRE national security at risk. i belive stuff like this should be punishable by death

  51. You guys have it all wrong. She was helping him write an autobiography of his heroic days in Special Ops. It was going to be titled "All Over."

  52. Can't we please execute him!

  53. Traitors are and should be place in front of a firing squad and give them the honor of possessing all available lead. That's what this stinky needs. DVA is supposed to take his check away.

  54. It goes both ways. I was part of a 16 man detail assigned the mission of getting to know Thays and Sandra Noriega, the daughters of General Manuel Noriega in Panama 1987-88. We reported directly to General Bernard Loeffke. We were all younger 18 series NCOs. The initial personel request asked for Spanish speakers with Salsa dancing ability.
    Thays and Sandra loved to lose their DENI security team and frequent the bars of the Belle Vista area as well as the Marriot Continential Hotel & Casino. I got to know Sandra very well and spent many nights in Panama's famous "Love" hotels "pumping" her for information. No real intel came of it but I worked really hard on the task. In the Winter of 88 President Bush decided that General Loeffke had become to chummy with a young Panamanian woman himself, so he was gone as were all of his programs. Everyone involved all got orders back to CONUS.
    Later at the US Embassy in Istanbul, we seemed to keep a stable of Blue eyed, Blonde, All-American Barbie dolls who seemed to always be in the company of very unsavory men from across the Middle East.

  55. She'll only be 47 when he gets out! ;-)
    but if he lives to 79 in there, she may have lost interest.

  56. Arturo Freeman | March 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  57. Arturo Freeman | March 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  58. Bottom line, "there is not fool like an old fool". Shows that no matter how old, a man tends to let his "johnson" dictate is life. Unfortunately his ego costs a whole country of people their security. CONGRATULATIONS STUPID!!!! This is an act of treason and the death penalty is called for.

  59. Does anyone know what company this loser worked for? Interesting there's no apparent media scrutiny on Bishop's employer like there has been on the Snowden Booz Allen case.

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