Pentagon linguist accused of transmitting classified information

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Pentagon linguist is accused of passing classified information to a Lebanese citizen associated with the Shiite Hezbollah party.

This was reported in a statement published on Wednesday on the website of the US Department of Justice.

According to the Ministry of Justice, 61-year-old Mariam Taha Thompson was detained by the FBI on February 27 at an American military base abroad, where she worked as a linguist.

An FBI investigation revealed that she was passing on to a Lebanese citizen who has connections with Hezbollah, data on people working for the United States, and information that they transmitted to the American side.

“While in the war zone, the defendant allegedly transmitted confidential information related to national defense to a Lebanese citizen, including the names of those assisting the United States,” the statement said the words of Assistant Secretary of Justice John Demers overseeing national security. “If this is true, then [the accused’s] behavior is shameful <…> This is a betrayal of the country and colleagues, and punishment will follow,” Demers added.

It is noted that Thompson will appear in court on Wednesday. She faces life imprisonment.


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