Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Weinmann Submarine Espionage: Unraveling a Mystery

The Navy has charged Petty Officer 3rd Class Ariel J. Weinmann (USS Albuquerque deserter) with attempting to provide representative(s) of unidentified foreign government(s) classified information relating to national defense, and destroying a laptop computer stolen from his submarine that was loaded with classified information. He will face court-martial Nov. 13 on spying and other charges.

The Navy said Weinmann visited Bahrain in March 2005 in an "attempt to communicate, deliver or transmit" the classified information to "a representative, officer, agent or employee of a foreign government." Months later, the Navy said, Weinmann deserted his submarine for more than eight months to travel to Austria [Vienna] and Mexico [City] to "communicate, deliver or transmit" the information to a foreign government that is NOT Israel.

QUESTIONS (Please, do not expect direct answers from me. I am glad Weinmann has been caught and am anxious for verification of more facts by the free press. You may better appreciate the facts disclosed to date when you line up and they finally kick you like a mule.):

1- Israel is not on this list of foreign embassies and counsular offices in Bahrain. Which countries that are on it currently operate submarines?

2- Which countries would be 'worst case' nightmares for the U.S. in the Weinmann case?

3- Why would Weinmann go all the way to Bahrain to divulge classified information (onboard Albuquerque), his sister lives in Canada, so he had a perfect reason to travel there on leave.

4- Did Weinmann divulge something he did not have prior to his assignment to the USS Albuquerque. Since he could have divulged MK-48 ADCAP information during prior attendance at FT school, what else might it have been?

Possible CLUES:
+ Weinmann's father claims the family IS NOT JEWISH. The press has been silent on this matter, so far, so perhaps they are just lapsed Lutherans or something.

+ The Navy confirms that Israel WAS NOT the country involved in receiving Weinmann's misgotten goods. That confirmation raises bigger questions, of course.

+ There are several good evidentiary and even diplomatic reasons the Navy would probably want to keep the case under wraps (4 months, including confinement to the Norfolk brig). Perhaps there could be a more sensitive, non-diplomatic reason, as well. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) special agent Kevin Burke, who questioned Weinmann over nine days after his arrival in Norfolk from Dallas,
said the sailor was found with dozens of computer files containing biographical information "at the classified level." Crew biographical data possibly. Examples of basic, biographical data are found on ID (dog) tags.

Did you let your imagination run wild? Does your conclusion fit this? If not, do you think it is a fabrication? The article mentions that Weinmann enlisted in July 2003:

Ariel Weinmann is reported to have been featured in an April 2003 Statesman Journal article wherein he expressed interest in foreign languages and said he planned to study Russian to become a translator.

Was Weinmann spying for Russia? Could be, but it's not the likely conclusion I reached, either.


At 13 September, 2006 01:32, Blogger Bubblehead said...

Based on no real information other than what you have linked, I'd guess Russia, but wouldn't put much money on it. China might be another guess -- Manama's a pretty international city.


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