Navy IT chief at STRATCOM charged with giving classified info to Russian national

Jack Murphy
August 13, 2020 - 10:54 am
STRATCOM

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Chief Petty Officer Charles T. Briggs has been arraigned after being charged with leaking classified information to a Russian national. He has been incarcerated since last year pending his court-martial.

Briggs was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska in 2019 with U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) which is in charge of America's nuclear warfare capabilities. The command's mission, "deters strategic attack and employs forces, as directed, to guarantee the security of our nation and our allies," their website states.

STRATCOM maintains America's nuclear deterrent, and in a worst-case scenario would deliver a counter-attack during a nuclear war.

Briggs is alleged to have furnished classified material to a Russian national to, “injure the United States or benefit a foreign national,” his charge sheet states. Additionally, he is charged for allegedly lying on questionnaires about sustained contact with a foreign national and international travel to Serbia.

He is also facing several child pornography charges.

Additionally, he is charged with obstructing justice for allegedly informing the Russian national he was involved in a relationship with that the U.S. government was investigating them.

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