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Bishop held without bail in military secrets case

By Kenny Choi
Published On: Mar 25 2013 05:44:00 PM HST

Benjamin Bishop

HONOLULU -

The man accused of sharing top secret military information with a Chinese national will remain behind bars.

The decision was handed down at around 5 p.m. Monday.  A federal judge says Benjamin Bishop is "a danger to national security" and will be detained by U.S. Marshals.

Bishop worked for a contractor at the U.S. Pacific Command until he was arrested and charged for sharing classified national security information.

Prosecutors say the Makakilo resident shared that information with a 27-year-old woman from China he was romantically involved with.

Bishop's attorney, Birney Bervar, said, "He's being detained without bail based on his mind and what he knows.  There's no case to lock up people based on what they know.  It is very frustrating."

Prosecutors say a top official at the U.S. Pacific Command is "certain" that Bishop can recall classified information if granted bail even though Bishop no longer has security clearance.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Sorenson said "no protective order can erase the classified information in Bishop's head."

An appeal is expected.  If convicted of the charges, Bishop could spend 20 years in prison.

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