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Hankyoreh: Korean Am still fighting espionage charges

posted by Randall

A Korean American employee of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a US Nuclear Research facility, is in the midst of a three year battle fighting charges that he leaked sensitive US secrets to a news reporter, reports Hankyoreh

The Washington Post reported earlier this week that investigators seized phone records of a Fox News reporter who was in contact with the suspect.

Stephen Jin-woo Kim  is accused of violating the Espionage Act. In May 2009, North Korea launched its second nuclear test.  Kim was assigned by his boss to explain the North Korean issue to a Fox News reporter. When Fox later reported what the government considered classified information, Kim was the suspected source of the leak and was indicted in August 2010.

“To be accused of doing something against or harmful to U.S. national interest is something I can’t comprehend,” Kim said. “Your reputation is shot and there is such a sense of shame brought on the family.”

He is out on $100,000, but is restricted from traveling more than 25 miles from his home.

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