August 10, 2006 -- A 21-year-old U.S. sailor has been charged with espionage after allegedly trying to pass classified information to foreign agents.
U.S. defense officials say Petty Officer Ariel Weinmann was working on behalf of Russia when he tried to pass information to foreign agents in Bahrain, Austria, and Mexico last year and early this year.
Weinmann deserted his navy post last year.
He was detained in March when he tried to reenter the United States.
Russian Arms Exports
Russia's advanced S-300 air-defense system (epa file photo)
BOOM TIMES: In 2005, Russia sold more than $6 billion in weapons to more than 60 countries around the world. The state arms exporter says it has $17 billion in orders in hand....(more)