Submarine Sailor Gets
12 Years for Russia Espionage and Laptop Theft - 8/12/06
A Navy petty officer was sentenced to 12
years in prison for stealing a military laptop and peddling its contents
to Russia embassy in Vienna.
4Law 8/12/06 NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va.
-- A sailor from Salem who pleaded guilty this week to espionage was sentenced
Wednesday to 12 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.Fire Control
Technician 3rd Class Ariel Weinmann pleaded guilty Monday to desertion,
to obey a general orderor regulation, espionage, copying classified information,
destruction of military property and larceny.Weinmann told military
judge Capt. Daniel O'Toole that he had given details of a submarine weapons
system to a representative of Russia in the hopes of moving to that nation.
In addition to the prison sentence and discharge,
Weinmann will have his rank reduced to E-1, and he forfeits all pay and
allowances.Submariner sentenced to 12 years in prison for espionage.The
Salem, Ore., native admitted that he downloaded classified data, including
biographies of Austrian government employees and technical manuals on the
cruise missile, while serving aboard the Albuquerque in 2005. Weinmann
fled to Vienna, Austria, and hoped the Austrian government would be interested
in the dossiers being collected by U.S. intelligence agencies. He contemplated
trading the dossiers for asylum but abandoned that plan and instead turned
over the Tomahawk manuals to Russian agent at Russia`s Vienna embassy.Weinmann
said he had hoped to exchange the information for a new life in Russia.