Defense contractor in Hawaii to be sentenced for giving military secrets to Chinese girlfriend

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HONOLULU — A former civilian defense contractor is being sentenced for divulging military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend and keeping classified documents at his suburban Honolulu home.

Benjamin Bishop will be sentenced in federal court on Wednesday.

Bishop pleaded guilty to two charges in March. The 60-year-old faces up to 10 years in prison on each of two counts.

Defense attorney Birney Bervar says he will argue Bishop should be sentenced to time served.

He says Bishop didn't intend to harm the United States and didn't gain financially from his actions. He says Bishop was only trying to help his graduate student girlfriend with her research.

Bishop was arrested at Pacific Command headquarters in March 2013. He has spent most of his time since at the federal detention center in Honolulu.

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