A contract linguist at an overseas U.S. military facility pleaded guilty to transmitting highly sensitive classified national defense information to Lebanese Hizballah, according to a Friday report by the Department of Justice.
Mariam Taha Thompson, 63, was entrusted with a top secret government security clearance, the report says. She pleaded guilty to leaking information to an unindicted co-conspirator, in whom she reportedly developed a romantic interest over a messaging application in 2017, and who she knew had a family member in the Lebanese Ministry of the Interior.
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