Feds Arrest 3 for Espionage

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 03:10 PM gHale

Three Turks are facing espionage charges after their arrest Sunday in the United States for “funneling military secrets out of the country.”

The group consists of two men and a woman, all of whom are of Turkish background, Pentagon officials said. Two of them are naturalized American citizens. They are owners of a company that conducts research in military technology and has contracted for years with the Pentagon.

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All contracts ended up awarded following competitive bids and can only go to bidders who are in possession of U.S. citizenship and top security clearances.

The three contractors have helped develop and manufacture parts for missile-launching systems used on American warplanes, according to Turkey’s pro-government English-language newspaper, Daily Sabah. They have also worked on several generations of grenade launchers used by the U.S. military.

The three contractors, however, ended up arrested in simultaneous raids and charged with “funneling military secrets out of the country,” according to the Daily Sabah. The paper said the U.S. decided to arrest the three once it became known some hardware parts related to the Pentagon bids handled by their company were being illegally manufactured in Turkey. There is no information in the Pentagon’s press release on whether the top-secret military components were also shared with the Turkish government.