Major Seivirak Inson says he will fight conviction, request clemency
"Anytime anyone questions my loyalty, they are dead wrong, because I have more reason to be loyal and patriotic than most people," said Major Seivirak Inson, talking to KITV4's Lara Yamada during a brief release from a military holding area.
Mostly calm and collected, questioning his patriotism is what made Army Major Seivirak Inson crack.
After more than 20 years of service, twice in combat, an intelligence officer for 14 years, specializing in South East Asia, he said it was diligence in his job that landed him in deep water.
"It was a simple case of where I took a folder home that contained some classified material," said Inson.
It was information Inson said was put into what's called a Smart book, filled with bios, insight, and talking points for military higher ups.
He said he was shocked when charges came down, saying, what he did, is common place.
"I guarantee you 90 percent of PAYCOM personnel would be in the brig just like me if you send 20 investigators to their homes to search their home. They'd find something and that's exactly what happened," said Inson.
Major Inson believes the timing of his case hurt his case -- right as accusations of espionage were blowing up everywhere, with defense contractor Benjamin Bishop, Wiki leaks' Private Bradley Manning, and the latest whistleblower Edward Snowden.
But he said his loyalty runs deep, because of his service and his tragic past.
"We suppress a lot of memories," he began as he talked about his family.
He said decades ago, the Cambodian communist party Khmer Rouge killed his parents.
And, three siblings died in remote camps before the rest of the family made it to the U.S. -- and to freedom.
Now, with four children of his own born in the U.S. -- including 5 year old Alexis -- he said his connection to the U.S. is as strong as ever, no matter what price he has to pay.
"I failed as a father, as a husband and as an officer. I made some choices that I will regret for the rest of my life. If could go back, I would not make the same choices, but like any professional officer, I accept the consequences, and I will learn from it and definitely move on," he said.
Major Inson said he knows bringing home classified information was wrong, and believes he deserves punishment for that.
But he felt a 10 year prison sentence was extremely harsh.
He is planning to request clemency from military command, and possibly file an appeal to the conviction.
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