A woman who worked as a contract linguist for the U.S. military in Iraq pleaded guilty Friday to sharing classified information with a romantic interest linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
Iran understands that Patriot air defense systems limit its options for additional aggression. But it also knows that the systems cannot defend against the rockets that Iran's proxies in Iraq have repeatedly lobbed with deadly effect at U.S. and coalition troops.
Mariam Taha Thompson, a linguist with the Defense Department, allegedly delivered classified information to a co-conspirator who has “apparent connections” to Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shiite group designated a foreign terrorist organization. Thompson held a Top Secret clearance at the time of her arrest, where she was attached to a special operations unit in Iraq.