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Fort Bragg spy case to be tried in Norfolk, Virginia

March 10, 2011

Fayetteville Observer, 8 March 2011: The Naval intelligence specialist charged last Thursday with four counts of attempting espionage and 11 counts of mishandling classified information will face those charges at Naval Station Norfolk, according to Navy officials.

Petty Officer Bryan Minkyu Martin is being held at the Naval Brig in Norfolk, Va. But his charges are related to actions that took place at and around Fort Bragg.

According to officials, Martin was assigned to the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Fort Story. He was at Fort Bragg for training related to a then-upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

That’s when officials say Martin downloaded secret and top secret material and attempted to sell that information to someone who he thought was a foreign intelligence officer.

The officer turned out to be an undercover FBI agent. Martin is accused of accepting $3,500 from the agent in exchange for dozens of secret and top secret documents.

An Article 32, which will decide if Martin will face a court-martial for his alleged crimes, has not yet been scheduled, according to officials.

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