Navy: Sailor cares guilty of espionage destined for lack of Russia
An American sailor who planned to give a journalist classified information about the Navy's nuclear-powered warships and then defective to Russia was recently sentenced to three years in prison, officials said Friday.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Kellogg III reported two counter espionage earlier this month and admitted contacting Sevmash, a Russian shipbuilding company. In a mail to the master he wrote, "I'm willing," the FBI said in a statement.
The 26-year-old also admitted the authorities who released the classified information could break down the ability of nuclear power to warships and cause damage to the United States, Jeff Houston from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in an email to the Associated Press. As a core electric friend, Kellogg had access to information related to capacities, operation and maintenance of nuclear propulsion systems. 1
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In this March 5, 2018, pho phto, a Vietnamese passenger ship sailing past US airline USS Carl Vinson as it docks in Danang Bay, Vietnam. An American sailor has allegedly guilty of espionage and conviction to three years after admitting that he took classified information on a naval naval weapon riot and planned to give it to a journalist and then lack of Russian officials said Friday (AP Photo / Hau Dinh, Fil)
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If the information became public, potential US opponents could have learned the capabilities and limitations of US nuclear-powered warships,  "This sailor attempted to disclose classified Navy nuclear propulsion information posed a significant threat to national security and threatened the lives of US service members," the FBI Special Agent in Charge Garrett Waugh.
Authorities learned from the plot after Kellogg was arrested on August 27 for drunken disorderly behavior at a San Diego airport where a Delta Airlines employee stopped him from boarding a flight to New York.
He was belligerent and had bought a one-way ticket to visit a high school friend working as a journalist and telling him he had a great story, legal documents said. Kellogg joined the Navy in 2014 and earned at U.S.S. Carl Vinson from 2016 to 2018.
In July and August 2018, Kellogg searched online for flights to Moscow and contact information for the Russian consulate in San Diego.
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The FBI said Kellogg admitted to taking photographs of sites containing sensitive information about the Navy & # 39; s nuclear propulsion program on the ship. He then sent the pictures to his father and girlfriend.
He will receive a reduction in rank and dishonest discharge, the FBI said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.