US Army sergeant from Fort Campbell accused of selling secrets to China
2024/03/07

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FILE - A U.S. fighter aircraft F-16 performs aerobatic maneuvers on the last day of Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka air base in Bangalore, India, Feb. 24, 2019.

A U.S. Army soldier from Fort Campbell was indicted on charges of selling national defense secrets to China, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Henry C. Leventis announced Thursday.

Korbein Schultz was an army intelligence analyst with the First Battalion of the 506th Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Leventis said. He was arrested earlier Thursday.

"He traded our national defense information for cash," Leventis said. He received $42,000, Leventis said.

The indictment charges Schultz with six counts, including conspiracy to unlawfully communicate defense information, unlawful export of defense articles to China and bribery of a public official, Leventis said.

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The indictment alleges that starting in June 2022, Schultz collected and shared with a co-conspirator in China information about U.S. military operations, including advanced fighter aircraft, advanced military helicopters, intercontinental ballistic missiles, high-mobility artillery rocket systems, defensive missile systems and Chinese military tactics, Leventis said.

According to the indictment, Schultz told a conspirator in August 2022 that he "'wished he could be 'Jason Bourne.'" A month later, he stated that he thought about "moving to Hong Kong and working for you in person," according to the indictment.

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The conspirators drew Schultz in with promises of wealth and racing-related perks, which Schultz appears to hold an affinity for, according to the indictment and a review of his social media.

On May 20, 2023, a conspirator told Schultz that he would "like to meet him at a Formula 1 race overseas," according to court documents, and make Schultz a "senior partner" with a "big signing bonus." 

Schultz replied "Oh snap!"

Leventis made the announcement Thursday in Nashville. He was joined by FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas DePodesta.

The incident follows shortly after a civilian U.S. Air Force employee in Nebraska was arrested for allegedly sharing classified information on a foreign dating website with a person claiming to be a Ukrainian woman.

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David Franklin Slater, 63, was arrested on March 2 on charges of conspiring to transmit and transmitting classified information about Russia’s war in Ukraine over a three-month period in early 2022, at the beginning of Russia’s invasion.

A Navy sailor out of San Diego was similarly sentenced to 27 months in federal prison in January after being charged with selling sensitive information to China.

Petty Officer Wenheng Zhao, 26, pleaded guilty in October 2023 to one count each of conspiring with an intelligence officer and receiving a bribe while serving at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme.

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