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Espionage trial for former sailor wrapping up

Aug. 21, 2013 - 08:17AM   |  
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NORFOLK, VA. — The trial of a former sailor charged with attempted espionage is winding down in federal court in Norfolk.

The Virginian-Pilot reports final arguments are scheduled Wednesday in the trial of retired Petty Officer 1st Class Robert P. Hoffman II.

Hoffman claims he gave classified information to what he believed were Russian spies in an attempt to catch them.

Hoffman spent much of his 20-year Navy career on submarines. After a trip to Eastern Europe in 2011, the FBI sent Hoffman a letter purporting to be from Russian intelligence officers asking him to provide “technical expertise.” Hoffman made three drops in all, including one in which he provided information about how to track American submarines.

Hoffman then approached the FBI in Norfolk and gave agents a diary and other evidence.

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