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U.S. Army Soldier Korbein Schultz Arrested for Allegedly Selling Military Secrets to China

Korbein Schultz was allegedly paid about $42,000 for the military secrets.

U.S. soldier charged with allegedly selling military secrets to China.

U.S. Army Soldier Korbein Schultz. Credit U.S. Army

An active-duty Army sergeant and intelligence analyst has been charged with selling U.S. military documents, including those containing information about weapons systems, to a Chinese contact. According to a federal indictment, he received 14 payments totaling $42,000 from a Chinese agent for handing over “sensitive technical data and tactical information.” David Martin reports.

U.S. Attorney Press Release

U.S. Army Intelligence Analyst Arrested and Charged with Conspiracy to Obtain and Disclose National Defense Information, Export Control Violations and Bribery

Thursday, March 7, 2024

For Immediate Release

U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Korbein Schultz, a U.S. Army soldier and intelligence analyst, was arrested today at Fort Campbell following an indictment by a federal grand jury charging him with conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information, exporting technical data related to defense articles without a license, conspiracy to export defense articles without a license, and bribery of a public official, announced Henry C. Leventis, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The indictment alleges that from June 2022 until the time of his arrest today, Schultz conspired with an individual, identified as Conspirator A, to disclose documents, writings, plans, maps, notes, and photographs relating to national defense as well as information relating to national defense which Schultz had reason to believe could be used to injure the United States or used to the advantage of a foreign nation. Conspirator A recruited Schultz, who possessed a Top Secret security clearance, and frequently tasked him to gather documents and sensitive U.S. military information.

Specifically, Conspirator A tasked Schultz with gathering information related to a variety of U.S. military weapons systems, including classified information, and information related to the United States’ potential plans in the event that Taiwan came under military attack. Some of the information that Schultz provided to Conspirator A included documents related to the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), information on hypersonic equipment, studies on the future development of U.S. military forces, studies on major countries such as the People’s Republic of China, and summaries of military drills and operations.

In exchange for the documents and information, Conspirator A made at least 14 payments to Schultz that totaled approximately $42,000. Throughout the entirety of the conspiracy, Conspirator A represented to Schultz that he lived in Hong Kong and worked for a geopolitical consulting firm based overseas.

During the course of the conspiracy, Schultz also sent Conspirator A three documents that violated the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). The three documents included an Air Force Tactics Techniques and Procedures manual for the HH-60W helicopter, an Air Force Tactics Techniques and Procedures manual for the F22-A fighter aircraft, and an Air Force Tactics Techniques and Procedures manual for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

“Protecting national defense information is absolutely critical to our country’s safety and security,” said United States Attorney Henry C. Leventis. “The unauthorized sale of such information violates our national security laws, compromises our safety, and cannot be tolerated. Today’s indictment should serve as a reminder of the Justice Department’s vigilance in protecting the United States against any threat to national security, foreign or domestic.”

“Mr. Schultz, a member of the U.S. Army, stands accused of conspiring to obtain and provide national defense information to an individual overseas. As part of the conspiracy, the defendant provided sensitive government information to his coconspirator in exchange for thousands of dollars, placing personal profit above the security of the American people,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Today’s arrest shows that such a betrayal does not pay – – the Department of Justice is committed to identifying and holding accountable those who would break their oath to protect our nation’s secrets.”

“As alleged, Korbein Schultz betrayed his oath to defend and protect U.S. national security for personal gain,” said Special Agent in Charge Douglas DePodesta of the FBI Memphis Field Office. “Today’s charges are the first step in holding him accountable for his alleged crimes. The FBI and our partners remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting the American people and U.S. national security.”

“Today’s arrest underscores the unwavering commitment of the Army Counterintelligence Command, our partners at the Department of Justice, and the broader intelligence community in safeguarding our Nation’s secrets,” said Brigadier General Rhett R. Cox, Commanding General of Army Counterintelligence Command. “We cannot tolerate any betrayal of trust, and we remain vigilant in our mission to protect national defense information crucial to our security. We encourage all members of the Army team, past or present, to remain vigilant and report any potential suspicious activity.”

The FBI and the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Command investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Kurtzman for the Middle District of Tennessee and Trial Attorneys Adam Barry and Christopher Cook of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Mark H. Wildasin
Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney

[email protected]

(615) 736-2079

Updated March 7, 2024

Source: CBS Evening News

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