04/20/2021

Former Pentagon translator, pleaded guilty to trying to transmit information to Lebanese group Hezbollah, faces life in prison

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63-year-old Mariam Taha Thompson, a former Pentagon translator, pleaded guilty to attempting to convey information to the Lebanese Hezbollah group regarding an American strike on Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

The woman worked under a contract with the US Department of Defense at one of the military facilities outside the country and had a high security clearance.

Thompson carried out a transfer of top secret information to a foreign national who, in her opinion, should have provided it to Hezbollah.

Starting in 2017, Thompson began chatting with her contact via video chat in an unnamed messenger.

Some time later, Thompson “became imbued with a romantic interest in her accomplice,” later learning that her interlocutor allegedly had a relative in the Lebanese Ministry of Defense.

In December 2019, Thompson was assigned to the site of the Special Operations Command in Iraq, after which the Pentagon carried out a series of strikes against the targets of the pro-Iranian Kataib Hezbollah formation, and on January 3, 2020, Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed by an American drone strike.

After that, Thompson receives from his interlocutor the task of finding and transmitting information about the people and forces involved in this attack. The woman begins an active search for information and transmits data to the contact about at least 10 people (operatives, officers of the US Armed Forces, agents) and 20 military installations associated with the attack in Baghdad.

According to the Justice Department, Thompson transmitted extremely sensitive information to the enemy, including tactics and methodology for conducting operational work and special operations.

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On February 27, 2020, Mariam Thompson was detained. She faces life imprisonment.

Thompson’s confession text is available here.