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Lawyer: Charged defense contractor, woman in love

HONOLULU (AP) — An attorney for a defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his 27-year-old Chinese girlfriend says there’s no evidence that classified information was given to China or to any other foreign country.

Lawyer Birney Bervar said Friday the case is about two people in love, not espionage.
Bervar says he spoke to Benjamin Bishop’s girlfriend, who has not been named by authorities.
She told him agents went to her home last Friday and seized computers but have since returned one computer and another laptop. She hasn’t been arrested.

She also told Bervar she took a polygraph test. Bervar didn’t say what questions she was asked.
Bervar spoke after a federal judge said he wants to hear more arguments before deciding whether to release Bishop while he awaits trial.

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Paolo Cisneros

Paolo Cisneros joined The Sheridan Press staff in August 2012. He covers business, energy and public safety. A Chicago native, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011.

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