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The Pentagon Does Not Comment On The Case Of A Military Man Accused Of Passing Secret Data To A Russian

The Pentagon Does Not Comment On The Case Of A Military Man Accused Of Passing Secret Data To A Russian

The Pentagon on Saturday declined to comment on the case of a US Navy serviceman who, according to US media, is suspected of passing secret data, allegedly to a Russian citizen.

"We do not comment on pending or ongoing legal proceedings," the press service of the US defense Department told Russian media agency TASS.

As the Virginian-Pilot reported on July 16, US Navy petty officer Charles Briggs is suspected of allegedly passing secret information to a citizen of the Russian Federation, whose name is not called.

The publication refers to the indictment, according to which Briggs had access to information related to national defense issues in the period from October 2018 to January 2019. In the area of January 9, 2019, he allegedly used a service computer to obtain secret data, while having reason to believe that it could be used to "harm the United States or benefit a foreigner." At the time, Briggs was stationed at Offutt air force base in Nebraska. As the Virginian-Pilot emphasizes, the document of the military Tribunal does not specify what information the American serviceman transmitted and where he met the Russian in question. Besides, Briggs is suspected of obstructing the investigation, as well as possession and attempts to access child pornography.

Officially, charges can be filed against Briggs on Wednesday, July 22, but, as the newspaper notes, the date may be changed. The suspect is currently in custody.

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