62-year-old Mariam Thompson admitted to passing information to a person associated with Hezbollah.
Former Pentagon translator Mariam Thompson has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for passing the names of American informants in Iraq to a person associated with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement.
Thompson, 62, admitted that she disclosed classified information to a Lebanese citizen in the hope that he would pass it on to the movement, which Washington considers a terrorist organization.
“Thompson’s sentence reflects how seriously she violated the trust of the American people, the agents she put at risk, and the military personnel who worked with her as friends and colleagues,” said John Demers, head of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.
According to court documents, in 2017, while working as a translator at a foreign military base, Thompson began a relationship in a video application with a man who told her that he was connected to Hezbollah in Lebanon. In December 2019, she was sent to work with a US Special Forces unit in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.