David B. Gleason from Chicago, IL / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

The Department of Justice has announced the sentencing of an ex-Pentagon staffer who leaked Hezbollah sensitive information relating to individuals who helped the United States under the President Donald J. Trump administration target Iranian terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:


Mariam Taha Thompson, a former Department of Defense linguist in Iraq, transferred dozens of files containing personal information, background, and photographs of human assets who assisted in planning the airstrike that killed Soleimani to a co-conspirator. Thompson, who was romantically interested in the co-conspirator, thought the information would end up in the hands of Lebanese Hezbollah forces. The Department of Justice reported that the information concerned at least 8 clandestine human assets and 10 American targets.

A Washington, D.C., district court sentenced Thompson to 23 years in prison on charges of delivering classified national defense information to aid a foreign government. John Demers, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s national security division, said Thompson’s punishment fits her crimes.

“Thompson’s sentence reflects the seriousness of her violation of the trust of the American people, of the human sources she jeopardized, and of the troops who worked at her side as friends and colleagues,” Demers said. “That Thompson passed our nation’s sensitive secrets to someone [who] she knew had ties to Lebanese Hezbollah made her betrayal all the more serious. Thompson’s sentence should stand as a clear warning to all clearance holders that violations of their oath to this country will not be taken lightly, especially when they put lives at risk.”

Hezbollah attempted to gather such information about American intelligence assets in the wake of Soleimani’s January 2020 death. The Iran-backed terrorist group has remained active in the Middle East since the strike, with former secretary of state Mike Pompeo saying in May that the group was considering joining in Hamas’s bombardment of Israel. Hezbollah also applauded the June victory of Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, an ultraconservative cleric and mass murderer, saying he would act as a “shield against Israel.”




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LaserRay
LaserRay
1 year ago

I thought treason was punishable by death? Another example of a virtual slap on the wrist for someone who was a trader to her country and put other’s lives in danger. Hanging would have been too good for her!

Mikey
Mikey
1 year ago

Justice? 23 years is a joke. Justice woulda been a good old fashioned firing squad.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 year ago
Reply to  Mikey

Treason used to be a death penalty offense. What changed?

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
1 year ago
Reply to  Mikey

They don’t deserve a firing squad. Hanging is best as was done to the people that killed Lincoln

Cindy
Cindy
1 year ago

Seems to me that Hillary’s leaked emails may have led to Benghazi. Not even an investigation.