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Army Sergeant Charged With Trading Military Secrets With Co-Conspirator In Hong Kong 

Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting

A U.S. Army sergeant and intelligence analyst was, on Thursday, 7th Feb. 2024, arrested on six charges related to a conspiracy in which he is accused of trading military secrets with a co-conspirator in Hong Kong in exchange for cash, NBC News has reported.

According to Henry Leventis, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, Korbein Schultz was arrested at Fort Campbell, Tennessee, following an investigation that has been underway since June 2022.

Reports reaching Stonix News confirmed that Schultz was charged with conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information, exporting technical data related to defense articles without a license, conspiracy to export defense articles without a license and bribery of a public official.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Schultz worked with a co-conspirator based in Hong Kong who said he worked for a geopolitical consulting firm based overseas to disclose documents, writings, plans, maps, notes, and photographs relating to national defense as well as information relating to national defense which Schultz had reason to believe could be used to injure the United States or used to the advantage of a foreign nation.

In exchange for his work, according to the prosecutor’s office, the co-conspirator paid Schultz about $42,000 over 14 payments.

The U.S. attorney’s office alleged that Schultz, who had a Top Secret security clearance, was recruited by the co-conspirator, who often asked Schultz for sensitive materials pertaining to the U.S. and its military.

Specifically, the co-conspirator tasked Schultz with providing classified information about weapons systems and information regarding a U.S. response should China engage in a military attack against Taiwan and materials he had access to because of his security clearance.

The information Schultz provided included documents related to the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), information on hypersonic equipment, studies on the future development of U.S. military forces, studies on major countries such as the People’s Republic of China, and summaries of military drills and operations, NBC News reported.

Also, over the course of the nearly two-year alleged conspiracy, Schultz shared three documents that violated the Arms Export Control Act, including Air Force Tactics Techniques and Procedures manuals for the HH-60W helicopter, F22-A fighter aircraft and intercontinental ballistic missiles, prosecutors said.

Schultz is scheduled to make his first appearance in a central Tennessee court later today, Friday.

“Protecting national defense information is absolutely critical to our country’s safety and security.

“The unauthorized sale of such information violates our national security laws, compromises our safety, and cannot be tolerated,” Leventis said.

It was not immediately clear whether an attorney had been assigned to represent Schultz.

A representative at the public defender’s office in the Middle District of Tennessee said that she was unsure whether Schultz was represented by someone in the office and that it typically does not give out information about defendants.

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