Thompson pleaded guilty to transmitting highly sensitive classified national defense information to a foreign national who she believed would provide the information to Iran-sponsored Lebanese Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Writes Daniel Greenfield
Good thing they wrapped up this case before Biden noticed or all charges would have been dropped and she would have appointed to the NSC.
But this case has wrapped up fairly quickly and is hardly being reported on.
According to court documents, Mariam Taha Thompson, 63, formerly of Rochester, Minnesota, worked as a contract linguist at an overseas U.S. military facility where she was entrusted with a top-secret government security clearance. Thompson pleaded guilty to transmitting highly sensitive classified national defense information to a foreign national who she believed would provide the information to Iran-sponsored Lebanese Hezbollah, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
“It’s astounding that an American working for the U.S. military overseas would abandon her country in favor of terrorists,” said Assistant Director Alan E. Kohler Jr. for the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “The FBI and its partners placed a high priority on this case because the defendant provided classified defense information to a foreign terrorist organization, information that put members of the U.S. military in harm’s way.”
Is it really astounding that a Lebanese immigrant picked her country over the United States? Especially when her Hezbollah boyfriend told her to? The only “astounding” part is that the United States government put someone like her in such a sensitive position. No other country would be this stupid.
During today’s plea hearing, Thompson admitted that, beginning in 2017, she started communicating with her unindicted co-conspirator using a video-chat feature on a secure text and voice messaging application. Over time, Thompson developed a romantic interest in her co-conspirator. Thompson learned that the unindicted co-conspirator had a family member who was in the Lebanese Ministry of the Interior, and that the unindicted co-conspirator claimed to have received a ring from Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Lebanese Hezbollah.
In December 2019, while Thompson was assigned to a special operations task force facility in Iraq, the United States launched a series of airstrikes in Iraq targeting Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed foreign terrorist organization. These airstrikes culminated in a Jan. 3, 2020, strike that resulted in the death of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander Qasem Suleimani, as well as the founder of Kata’ib Hezbollah, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Following Suleimani’s death, the unindicted co-conspirator started asking Thompson to provide “them” with information about the human assets who had helped the United States to target Suleimani. Thompson admitted that she understood “them” to be Lebanese Hezbollah, including an unnamed high-ranking military commander.
After receiving this request for information in early January 2020, Thompson began accessing dozens of files concerning human intelligence sources, including true names, personal identification data, background information and photographs of the human assets, as well as operational cables detailing information the assets provided to the U.S. government. Thompson used several techniques to pass this information on to the unindicted co-conspirator, who told her that his contacts were pleased with the information, and that the Lebanese Hezbollah military commander wanted to meet Thompson when she came to Lebanon.
When she was arrested by the FBI on Feb. 27, 2020, Thompson had used her access to classified national defense information to provide her co-conspirator with the identities of at least 10 clandestine human assets; at least 20 U.S. targets; and multiple tactics, techniques and procedures. Thompson intended and had reason to believe that this classified national defense information would be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of Lebanese Hezbollah.
When it says Hezbollah, that obviously means Iran. Tehran is the command hub for Shiite terrorist groups. That’s why Hezbollah was interested in what was going on in the battlespace with Iran.
In 2017, a family member introduced THOMPSON to a Lebanese national (hereinafter “the unindicted coconspirator”). This introduction was made through social media. THOMPSON believed that the unindicted coconspirator was a wealthy and well-connected Lebanese national.
Thompson also learned that the unindicted coconspirator was a Shia Muslim and that he claimed to have contact with members of Lebanese Hezbollah. During one conversation, the unindicted coconspirator told THOMPSON that he had received a ring from Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Lebanese Hezbollah.
Will any lessons be learned from this? Don’t count on it.