EXCLUSIVE: Army officer at center of new spy case

Published: Jun. 13, 2013 at 2:38 AM HST|Updated: Oct. 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM HST
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Seivirak Inson
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's about espionage, fraud and assault.

The federal government in Hawaii is pursuing yet another case about leaked defense secrets -- this time involving a high-ranking military officer.

Major Seivirak Inson, 43, is a soldier assigned to Schofield Barracks who is a longtime Army intelligence officer who has served in Iraq.

In court martial proceedings today, military prosecutors alleged that Inson attempted to hand over a number of military secrets to members connected to the Cambodian government between 2009 and 2012.

They said that Inson -- who is of Cambodian ancestry -- took classified U.S. intelligence reports about the Cambodian military and gave it to unauthorized personnel.

Prosecutors said they also found military secrets illegally stored on Inson's home computer.

One of those documents provided detailed information about the U.S. Pacific Command's maritime strategy, prosecutors say.

Other records included emails and reports that describe sources and methods the military's uses to obtain foreign intelligence, according to testimony provided during today's hearing.

Military prosecutors also accused Inson of collecting data on members of the U.S. military who are of Cambodian descent. They allege that he intended to hand over that information to the Cambodian military.

Inson said nothing during the public session of his court-martial hearing at the courtroom at Wheeler Army Airfield today.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers presented their opening arguments but much of the proceeding was closed to the public because it involved classified material.

The case represents the third major national intelligence breach in Hawaii during the past several months.

Benjamin Bishop -- the 59-year-old government contractor and army reservist from Kapolei --was indicted in March for leaking classified documents to woman from China who was half his age.

Also, Edward Snowden -- who blew the whistle on the federal government's massive surveillance scheme -- collected much of that information while working for contractor Booz Allen Hamilton's Hawaii office.

But not all of the charges against Inson relate to military secrets.

Prosecutors allege that in April 2011 Inson beat, choked and struck a person in the head with his belt.

The military also accused the officer of forging someone's signature on a credit card document in June 2012.

Inson faces up to ten years in prison if convicted of mishandling defense secrets. His court-martial trial will continue through next week.

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