Navy IT chief charged with sharing classified info with a Russian national

Published by NAVYTIMES.COM

Summary generated on August 13, 2020

    Chief Information Systems Technician Charles T. Briggs has been held in pre-trial confinement since August 2019, according to his charge sheet.

    Several of the charges against Briggs involve a Russian national whose name is redacted on the charge sheet copy provided to Navy Times, so it remains unclear how many Russian nationals the Navy chief was allegedly interacting with.

    Prosecutors further alleged that Briggs failed to report foreign connections to Russian and Italian nationals to his security manager from May 2017 to January 2019.

    The chief is charged with possessing a digital image of child sexual abuse in July 2018, and for attempting to view such material from June 2018 to December 2018, according to his charge sheet.

    Navy officials said Briggs was being represented by civilian attorney Frank Spinner, who did not return requests for comment.