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Agent at Fort Bragg accused of selling military secrets

Posted December 3, 2010
Updated December 5, 2010

— A special agent based at Fort Bragg is accused of trying to sell secret military documents, according to search warrants released Friday.

Bryan Minkyu Martin, who is assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, is accused of accepting money from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for folders containing military information, some of which was classified as top secret, according to the warrant.

Authorities applied for a warrant to search Martin's hotel room at the Landmark Inn, 1208 Glider St. in Fort Bragg, his vehicle, financial records and electronic equipment, including cell phones and computers. 

Authorities said Martin met with an undercover FBI employee, who was posing as an intelligence officer of a foreign country, in the lobby of the Hampton Inn, 1050 N. Bragg Blvd. in Spring Lake, on Nov. 15. 

During the 90-minute meeting, Martin described his access to military computer systems and named classified network systems he had access to, the warrants said. Authorities said Martin told the agent that he was seeking long-term financial reimbursement.

The warrant says that Martin accepted $500 from the undercover agent with the promise of additional money in exchange for documents at their next meeting. The next day, Martin provided the FBI agent with two documents, one marked "secret" and the other "top secret," and the agent paid Martin $1,500. 

On Nov. 19, Martin is accused of meeting with the undercover agent at the Holiday Inn Express, 103 Brook Lane in Spring Lake. During that meeting, 51 pages of documents were exchanged, and $1,500 was paid, according to the search warrants. 

In November 2006, Martin signed a counterintelligence brief at the Naval Recruiting District Pittsburgh, which stated that if he is ever contacted by a representative of a communist or hostile government, he is required to report the incident to his commanding officer.

The warrants claim Martin did not contact his commanding officer concerning the contact made with the undercover agent. 

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  • Vietnam Vet Dec 7, 6:20 p.m.

    This guy didn't even make this act of treason worth his while. Committed a capital crime (treason) for a lousy $3500??? He deserves what he gets...

  • kewlmom Dec 6, 4:42 p.m.

    Man, when I worked in those environments, I watched people like a hawk, and I expected other people to be watching me like a hawk. No one carried bags into or out of my facility without them being inspected. Seems like the security folks need to set up a containment area outside the entry for folks to store their personal gear prior to their entry into the classified area. That way they don't have anywhere to hide classified material on the way out, unless they slip them down their shirts or something, but that's a bit trickier to do.

  • dlk13ster Dec 6, 10:47 a.m.

    I'm glad he was caught. This could've been another WikiLeaks debacle-in-the-making.

  • valentineeaster Dec 3, 7:42 p.m.

    eww not good

  • nogade Dec 3, 7:04 p.m.

    Ever heard the song by the O'Jays - For the Love of Money?? "money money money.... MONEY"!!! The things people do for money.. reminds me of the Kevin Walker case. People just aren't too bright are they?!!

  • airbornemonty Dec 3, 6:57 p.m.

    What! My beloved Fort Bragg has been betrayed by a low life agent, hard for me to believe. But then again what else is new and strange at my beloved Bragg...nothing

  • Tug Boat Dec 3, 6:56 p.m.

    If convicted (and the FBI isn’t trying to stretch nothing to something) I think he needs to be executed immediately.

  • tjsauer99 Dec 3, 6:39 p.m.

    Humm…Selling secrets during time of war??? Thanks Mientz. Correct!

  • 3779LRRP Dec 3, 6:38 p.m.

    pedwards8- wake up man! that will NEVER happen. Think Espionage charges and then about 30 years.

    Sucks, but reality. Might as well accept it.

    I'm awake my friend. Sorry we are so soft we can't eliminate the enemy.

  • Old-Guy Dec 3, 6:30 p.m.

    Remember the Rosenbergs !

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