"Next Week... On NCIS"
More information continues to come out on the spying submariner case; today's Virginian-Pilot has a summary of what they learned about the capture and NCIS interrogation of Ariel Weinmann from listening to the tapes of the Article 32 hearing:
Before the plane's arrival, customs had run passengers' names through a database listing outstanding arrest warrants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Allen Brock knew only that the Navy wanted to arrest the 21-year-old petty officer third class on a charge of deserting the submarine Albuquerque last July.The rest of the article talks about how the NCIS spent nine days questioning Weinmann. You can expect the hit TV show NCIS to borrow heavily on the concept for an episode this upcoming season. The Richmond Times-Dispatch story on the same subject has more on the information:
What he found in Weinmann's backpack and pockets led to three charges of espionage against the sailor. The Navy disclosed some of those details for the first time Friday. Weinmann was carrying $4,000 cash, three CD-ROMs, an external computer storage device and a number of memory cards for storing digital images, according to testimony from his preliminary hearing.
Brock testified that he also found Weinmann carrying a piece of paper with the names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of two individuals, as well as a notebook whose handwritten contents aroused his suspicion.
Brock alerted a supervisor, who popped one of the CDs from Weinmann's backpack into a computer. What the customs agents saw is now classified by the government - as is much of the other evidence against the fire control technician.
On the first day of questioning, he said, Weinmann delivered what appeared to be a rehearsed account meant to justify his actions and possession of secret material.I really liked the money quote at the end of that article:
"He was telling a story about thinking about writing a book," Burke said. "I wasn't believing it."
Burke had Weinmann compose a written statement swearing to that account, he said, but by the end of that first day the story began to change. And as Weinmann continued to change his story, the interrogation stretched out.
"He seemed to be very confident in himself and feel that he was a very intelligent person," Burke said.I'm wondering how intelligent he thinks he was to fly back into the U.S. under his own name when he was a deserter. I'm sure he'll have lots of time in Leavenworth to think about how intelligent he is (assuming, of course, he's guilty).