Alleged Spy Courier Ordered Transferred For Trial
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A judge ordered a 60-year-old Turkish immigrant to be transferred to Georgia to face charges that he helped a U.S. soldier sell intelligence secrets to East bloc countries.
Huseyin Yildirim of Belleair was ordered detained and sent to Savannah, Ga., after a 90-minute hearing Tuesday. U.S. Magistrate Paul Game Jr. set no date for his transfer by U.S. marshals.
Yildirim, who is a U.S. citizen, is accused of plotting with Warrant Officer James William Hall, a U.S. Army intelligence analyst, to sell sensitive U.S. defense information to East Germany and the Soviet Union.
Defense attorney Arthur Addess denied the allegations, saying Hall was lying about Yildirim to save himself.
Hall had top-secret clearance at Fort Stewart, Ga., at the time of his arrest last week. He appeared Tuesday at Fort Meade, Md., before an Army magistrate, Lt. Col. William Ramsey, who found the Army had probable cause to detain Hall for a maximum of 30 days, during which time charges may be filed.
In Tampa, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Jackowski described Yildirim as a ″courier and paymaster″ who copied and passed classified defense documents to the East Germans, collected the payments and returned the cash to Hall.
A federal agent testified that Yildirim and Hall met at a U.S. base in West Berlin, where Yildirim was an auto mechanic and Hall was involved in electronic eavesdropping.
The arrests followed a meeting at a Savannah hotel last week between Hall and an FBI agent posing as a Soviet intelligence officer, FBI agent Jeffrey Stachell testified Tuesday.
Hall told the unidentified agent that he had been passing highly sensitive signal intelligence documents to Soviet and East German intelligence services since late 1982, according to an FBI arrest affidavit.
″Hall boasted of the important signal intelligence information he had passed, and admitted his motivation to be greed,″ the affidavit said.
Army officials began investigating last summer after being tipped that Hall was living above his armed services salary of $20,200.