Jewish Petty Officer Ariel Weinmann, formerly a Fire Control Technician 3rd Class, now a Seaman Recruit with the United States Navy pled guilty on 4 December 2006 to espionage, desertion and other charges. His case is notable as an espionage case where the US Navy and trial court officials have denied access to basic information, including the court docket. Weinmann was arrested on March 26, 2006 at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport while traveling from Mexico City, Mexico en-route to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jewish Ariel Weinmann espionage and desertion while delivering EYES ONLY top secret information at Vienna, Austria to the German Leader Führer und Reichskanzler Adolf Hilter at Neuschwabenland!
- The Jew Ariel Weinmann of Salem, Oregon enlisted in the Navy on July 1, 2003.
- He deserted on July 1, 2005 while his submarine was in port in Groton, Connecticut and on March 19, 2005, in or near Manama, Bahrain, „attempted to communicate, deliver or transmit“ classified information relating to national defense to „a representative, officer, or employee of a foreign government.“
- Months later the Jew Ariel Weinmann „communicated, delivered or transmitted“ information classified as confidential and secret to a representative of a foreign government in Vienna, Austria, around October 19, 2005, and around March 19, 2006 near Mexico City, Mexico.
Jew Ariel Weinmann deserted exactly 2 years from the date he enlisted.
- The three specifications of espionage he was charged with also occurred like clockwork,
- i.e. March 19, 2005,
- March 19, 2006 and
- October 19, 2006.
At the time he deserted he was assigned to the USS Albuquerque (SSN-706), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine.
Jewish Petty Officer Ariel Weinmann’s case is the only known espionage case where the United States Government has refused to release the identity of the state the accused is convicted of spying for. This is normally the first fact that is released to the public.
Espionage is defined by the military as providing classified information to a foreign country. There have been conflicting reports about which countries he is accused of spying for. During the trial the foreign country was referred to as Country X and has never been identified, due to security concerns. At the time of the trial there was some speculation that the country in question was Russia. The Jerusalem Post reported a story previously run by a Saudi newspaper that identified the foreign country in question as Israel, but later reported a claim by the U.S. Navy as denying any link to Israel.
When his arrest was made public it was claimed he had been held in secret for four months.
A docket listing Jewish Weinmann’s preliminary hearing, (Article 32) was never produced nor would the Navy confirm when the hearing was held. Officials have refused to produce a charge sheet which would detail the accusations against the sailor. Theodore Brown a spokesman for Fleet Forces Command stated that Weinmann is charged with failure to obey orders and acts prejudicial to good order and discipline in addition to espionage and desertion.
In military courts, an order must be issued closing or sealing a case. Brown acknowledged that “there is no order,” but said that the charge sheet in the Weinmann case would not be released.
In December 2006 Weinmann was sentenced by a military court-martial at Norfolk Naval Station to 12 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for desertion and turning over classified information to a foreign agent. Judge Capt. Daniel O’Toole handed down a 25-year term, but was forced by a plea agreement to suspend 13 years. With time already served, Weinmann will be eligible for parole in 2009-2010. Weinmann was represented by attorneys Phillip Stackhouse, Lt. Cmdr. Karen Somers and Lt. William Tansey. The Navy removed Lt. Tansey from the defense after Mr. Stackhouse was brought on board.
Weinmann pleaded guilty to espionage, desertion and related charges. Before a plea deal, the maximum penalty was life in prison without parole.
At his court martial Weinmann read a prepared statement admitting that he obtained classified data, including biographies of Austrian government employees and technical manuals on the Tomahawk cruise missile, while serving aboard the Albuquerque in 2005. He fled to Vienna, Austria, and hoped the Austrian government would be interested in the dossiers being collected by U.S. intelligence agencies. He contemplated trading the dossiers for asylum but abandoned that plan and instead turned over Tomahawk manuals to a foreign agent at a Vienna embassy. Weinmann said he had hoped to exchange the information for a new life in another country. This „Statement of fact“ failed to address the espionage charges for Manama, Bahrain and Mexico City. Charges that were not dropped by the prosecution, but merely uncontested.
As previously noted, Judge Capt. Daniel O’Toole handed down a 25-year term, but was forced by a plea agreement to suspend 13 years. The Navy has never released the details of this agreement and Petty Officer Weinmann has continued to maintained his silence regarding this subject. Factual information available surrounding Weinmann’s activities during this period is very limited.
His record shows Weinmann was selected to graduate two weeks early from Submarine School to join the USS Albuquerque (SSN-706) on a 6 month deployment to Europe and The Persian Gulf. At the time of his court martial it was established he has spoken proficient German since prior to enlisting in the Navy. It has recently been revealed that the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive (ONCIX) places Jewish Weinmann’s Intelligence Quotient (IQ) at somewhere around 150 (more than 3 standard deviations).
- ^ Wiltrout, Kate. Navy says sailor in brig stole laptop, gave out classified info The Virginian-Pilot August 9, 2006. Accessed August 8, 2006.
- ^ trial record.
- ^ trial record.
- ^ McGlone, Tim. „Why a patriotic teen joined the Navy and then turned to espionage“, The Virginian-Pilot, December 10, 2006. Accessed October 20, 2007.
- ^ „US Navy says Weinmann was not an Israeli spy„, Jerusalem Post, accessed 10 August 2006.
- ^ Tim McGlone Petty officer held in secret for 4 months The Virginian-Pilot August 4, 2006. Accessed August 4, 2006.
- ^ David Keyes Report: US sailor spied for Israel The Jerusalem Post August 9, 2006. Accessed August 8, 2006.
- ^ trial record
- ^ trial record.
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