Former U.S. Army Sergeant Indicted for Attempting to Share Classified Information with China
Former U.S. Army sergeant indicted for sharing classified data with China.
Joseph Daniel Schmidt arrested in San Francisco after returning from Hong Kong.
Allegedly used a device from his Army service to access secure military networks.
Facing two felony charges: attempting to deliver and retaining national defense information.
Schmidt served in the Army from 2015 to 2020 with access to secret information.
First court appearance scheduled in the U.S. District Court of Northern California.
Further court proceedings to be held in Washington state.
Government emphasizes the duty to protect national defense information.
Schmidt contacted Chinese consulate in Turkey in 2020, offering sensitive information.
Met with Chinese officials in Hong Kong, remaining in China until arrest.
Shocking allegations include aiding a foreign adversary's access to defense networks.
If convicted, Schmidt could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Command.