RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/The Blaze) — A search warrant says a U.S. Navy sailor stationed at Fort Bragg passed classified documents to someone he thought worked for a foreign intelligence agency in exchange for cash. The warrant, unsealed Friday in federal court, says 22-year-old Navy Reserve Intelligence Specialist 3rd Class Bryan Minkyu Martin of Mexico, N.Y., accepted $3,500 from an undercover FBI agent.
According to the warrant, Martin gave the agent dozens of pages of documents that were either secret or top secret. The case was first reported by The Fayetteville Observer.
In the initial Nov. 15 meeting with the undercover agent, at a Hampton Inn near Fort Bragg, Martin told the agent his current assignment focused on Afghanistan, and that he would one day work for the Defense Intelligence Agency, according to the warrant.
"Martin stated that over his prospective 15 to 20 year career, he could be very valuable," the warrant says.
Martin was paid $500, along with the promise of more money in exchange for secret documents, according to the warrant. At two subsequent meetings, Martin handed over documents in exchange for two payments of $1,500 in cash, for which he signed a receipt using a code name, the warrant says.
It could not be immediately determined if Martin has a lawyer.Martin has not been charged. He's being held in Norfolk, Va.
Paul O'Donnell, a spokesman for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, says the agency does not believe Martin was able to pass any classified information to foreign agents.