• Short Summary

    A British naval officer, Sub-Lieutenant David James Bingham, was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment on Monday (March 13) for selling information on ships' movements, naval intelligence, anti-submarine equipment and nuclear depth bombing methods to the Soviet Union.

  • Description

    A British naval officer, Sub-Lieutenant David James Bingham, was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment on Monday (March 13) for selling information on ships' movements, naval intelligence, anti-submarine equipment and nuclear depth bombing methods to the Soviet Union.

    After the sentence, Bingham's wife Maureen admitted: "It was all my fault." She said her appetite for the game of Bingo and desire to keep her clothes up to the standards of other officers' wives led to serious financial debts; it was she who contacted Captain Lory Kuzmin, the assistant naval attache at the Soviet Embassy in London -- offering her husband's services without his knowing. And it was she who "dropped" the secret information at pre-determined "dead letter boxes" -- information described in court as being "almost beyond price."
    In view of Mrs. Bingham's statements to the press, the Director of Public Prosecutions on Tuesday (14 March) requested the police to make an immediate investigation. Mrs. Bingham said she welcomed any investigation the police cared to make.

    Mrs. Bingham, a mother of four children, also disclosed that her husband had always opposed the idea and how -- once the couple followed their 18-month espionage trail -- Bingham turned to drinking and contemplated suicide.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2BO6GMZTF6SP89K50KWFYVS4G
    Media URN:
    VLVA2BO6GMZTF6SP89K50KWFYVS4G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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