Prosecutors say US Army analyst accused of selling military secrets to China used crypto

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Prosecutors say US Army analyst accused of selling military secrets to China used crypto:-At his initial court appearance on Friday morning in Nashville, Tennessee, the United States Army analyst who is suspected of selling military secrets to China, including information about advanced aircraft and intercontinental ballistic missiles, entered a plea of not guilty.

Korbein Schultz, a 24-year-old Sergeant, was taken into custody at his place of employment on Thursday, just a few hours before the six-count federal indictment against him was made public.

Prosecutors say US Army analyst accused of selling military secrets to China used crypto

Schultz, an intelligence analyst, is accused of selling critical information about the United States military to a citizen of Hong Kong who worked for a geopolitical consulting firm beginning in June 2022, according to the allegations made by the prosecution. Specifically, the accusation states that he divulged intelligence regarding Chinese military strategies, high-mobility artillery rocket systems, defensive missile systems, and modern military helicopters. According to the authorities, he is accused of getting $42,000 in exchange for the information of the defendant.

On Friday, just before noon, Schultz entered the courtroom of United States Magistrate Judge Barbara D. Holmes while wearing a dark khaki shirt, black trousers and tan boots. At the neck, his shirt was stretched out and had a tattered appearance. He had tattoos on both of his forearms, and his hair was trimmed in a manner that was typical of the Army. It was orange cuffs that were used to shackle him at the ankles.

Schultz gave off an impression of despondency as he entered the room and kept his eyes down while seated prior to the beginning of the hearing, with the exception of occasional glances towards the gallery, which had four reporters, a handful of attorneys, and a defendant for a forthcoming case. In the courtroom, there was not a single member of Schultz’s family present.

Holmes recited the accusations that have been brought against Schultz, along with the maximum punishment that each count carries in the event that Schultz is found guilty. The first count of the indictment, which is the conspiracy to gather, transfer, or lose defence information, carries a potential term of ten years in prison if the defendant is found guilty.

The maximum sentence for each of the three counts of illicit export of defence articles, as well as the accompanying conspiracy charge, is twenty years in jail without the possibility of parole and a fine of one million dollars. The term “bribery of a public official” carries a maximum sentence of fifteen years in jail and a fine of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

Prosecutors say US Army analyst accused of selling military secrets to China used crypto

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It seems likely that Schultz will be granted new counsel, despite the fact that he was previously defended by Mary-Kathryn Harcombe, a public defender in Nashville. When Harcombe told Holmes that she believed Schultz was eligible for a court-appointed attorney based on his income and assets, Holmes was surprised. In the interest of the government, Assistant United States Attorney Josh Kurtzman was present.

For the purpose of determining whether Schultz will continue to be held in jail until his trial, Holmes stated that a hearing will be held before the United States Magistrate Judge Alistair Newbern. It is anticipated that the hearing will take place sometime during the following week.

It was said in a motion that the prosecution is concerned that Schultz might flee to China in order to meet with the suspected co-conspirator if he were to be released. As recently as Thursday, the prosecution disclosed that they had uncovered that Schultz and the conspirator had begun using cryptocurrencies in order to conceal their activities even further.

“[I]t appears that Schultz has a valid passport, (the conspirator) has unlimited resources to enable Schultz’ flight from prosecution, and, based on the seriousness of the charges he is facing, Schultz has every incentive to flee,” the investigators stated. “… Were the defendant to flee to Hong Kong, it would be practically impossible to extradite him back to the United States.”

Additionally, they are concerned that Schultz may threaten or intimidate possible witnesses if he is allowed to go free. Thursday was the day that federal agents conducted interviews with a number of individuals who had professional or personal links to Schultz. These individuals offered information that was “material to the investigation,” according to the prosecutors.

Schultz was taken out of the courtroom and placed in handcuffs less than half an hour after entering the courtroom.

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