Contractor Accused of Passing Intel, VA Hospital Embarrassment


Rick Rogers – Military Headline News



Here’s a spy story. Or is it?

A defense contractor is accused of funneling national security secrets to his young Chinese girlfriend.

Benjamin Pierce Bishop is charged with sharing classified military intelligence while working at the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii.

Whether investigators believe the unidentified women is a Chinese spy remains a secret.

A black-eye for a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital

Whistleblowers at the Jackson VA medical center in Mississippi tipped off federal authorities four years ago about alleged improper care there.

Their claims included: missed diagnoses of fatal illnesses and exposure to improperly sterilized equipment.

Now in letter to the White House, federal investigators say the claims cast doubt on the hospital’s ability to care for veterans.

Federal furlough notices are in the mail

The Pentagon has decided which of its roughly 800,000 strong workforce will be furloughed one day a week – and who will be spared.

Most DOD workers should expect a 20-percent pay cut for the remainder of the year.



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Rick Rogers is a defense reporter based in San Diego.