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Major Seivirak Inson is charged with intent to transmit classified information to the Cambodian military, failure to report contacts with those officials and on the domestic side, battery, adultery and intent to defraud. His attorney spoke with us first about the classified information that was allegedly transferred.
“Under the UCMJ and the way the prosecutors are charging this case. They have to prove, not just that he had the documents, but that his conduct was prejudicial to good order and discipline and of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed services. They weren’t able to do that in there,” defense attorney, Noel Tipon said.
Inson is also charged with assembling names of Cambodian born soldiers serving with the U.S. Army with the intent of passing those names on to Cambodian military officials.
“The problem is that essentially what they were able to show in court was that he was networking. he’s a guy of Cambodian descent. He is an army major, he was born and raised in Cambodia,” Tipon said. “He came here to America and joined the U.S. Army to defend his country, his adopted home and what he was doing was – he’s not the only army soldier of Cambodian descent. And he was reaching out to those guys.”
The Army prosecutor declined to talk with us.
The case came to light when Inson’s wife went to his commanding officer.
An investigation began and the Army brought charges against him claiming the incidents happened in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
A panel made up of four men and three women officers heard 3 days of arguments.
Inson’s been in custody since July of last year.
Late, Friday afternoon, the 7-member panel convicted Inson of unauthorized possession of classified documents and giving a document with classified assessments of Cambodia to a person not entitled to have it.
Inson was also convicted of possessing a U.S. Pacific Command maritime strategy document and other military intelligence documents that he wasn’t authorized to have as well as forgery, adultery, and failing to tell his commanding officers of his contacts with Cambodian military officials.
Inson was acquitted of collecting information on service members of Cambodian descent with the intention of giving the information to Cambodian military and government officials.
He was also found not guilty of striking an individual and choking a person.
Inson received forfeiture of pay, 10 years confinement, and dismissal from the Army.