By Daily Mail Reporter 6 December 2012
Former U.S. Navy submarine warfare specialist Robert Patrick Hoffman II was arrested Thursday morning on charges of turning over classified information to undercover FBI agents posing as representatives of the Russian Federation.
Hoffman, 39, of Virginia, allegedly gave the agents information on how to track U.S. submarines.
He faces life in prison if convicted.
Hoffman is a 20-year Navy veteran trained in cryptology and ranked petty officer first class and who served as a submarine warfare specialist.
He retired from active duty in November 2011.
Prosecutors said Hoffman’s security clearance led him to sign documents during his time in the Navy swearing he would not release sensitive information.
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