Contractor back in jail after contacting woman

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has revoked bail for a defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his Chinese girlfriend because he sent her a letter and email.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang on Thursday ordered Benjamin Bishop back to federal detention while he awaits trial.

Defense attorney Birney Bervar says Bishop was sending the girlfriend love letters.

Bervar says Bishop asked another resident of the halfway house where he has been living to send her the letter and to set up an email account so he could contact her.

U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi had ruled Bishop could stay at the halfway house, but she imposed conditions designed to prevent him from contacting the girlfriend.

Investigators say Bishop gave her secrets about nuclear weapons, missile defense and other issues.

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