James Hitselberger

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James Hitselberger is a former United States Navy linguist who was charged with violating the Espionage Act of 1917.[1] [2] He worked as an Arabic translator for the United States Fifth Fleet in Bahrain.[3] He was the seventh person charged by the Obama administration with violating the Espionage Act.[1][4] Ultimately, Hitselberger accepted a plea deal, that resulted in a misdemeanor conviction, and the espionage charge was dropped.[5]


  1. ^ a b Gerstein, Josh (19 December 2012). "Judge orders release of linguist for Navy". Politico. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Joe Wolverton, II (9 November 2012). "Newly Reelected President Files Charges of Espionage Act Violation". www.thenewamerican.com. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Navy Arabic translator held on espionage charges". worldtribune.com. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "US spy frenzy continues: Judge orders release of Obama's seventh Espionage Act prisoner". Russia Today. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ex-Navy lingust pleads guilty in secret documents case", Politico (April 25, 2014).

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