UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
No. 10-225 (CKK)
STEPHEN JIN-WOO KIM,
STATEMENT OF OFFENSE
Should this matter proceed to trial, the United States of America would prove the following
facts beyond a reasonable doubt:
1. On or about June 11, 2009, the defendant STEPHEN JIN--WOO KIM having
authorized access to national defense information, that is, the contents of an intelligence report
classified at the TOP COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION
level, identified herein by the last six digits of its report number, "3 63 0-09" (referred to hereinafter as
the "Intelligence Report"), knowingly and willfully disclosed national defense information,
specifically about the military capabilities and preparedness of North Korea, to a person not entitled
to receive it, namely a reporter with a national news organization ("Reporter At the time of his
unauthorized disclosure, KIM had reason to believe that his unauthorized disclosure of such national
defense information could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign
2. In or about June 2009, KIM was a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
employee working at the Department of State's Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and
Implementation VCI was responsible for ensuring that appropriate verification
requirements are fully considered and properly integrated into arms control, nonproliferation, and
disarmament agreements and to monitor other countries' compliance with such agreements. KIM -
worked as a Senior Advisor for Intelligence to the Assistant Secretary of State for VCI. KIM held a
TOP SECRET security clearance on account of his official responsibilities at VCI. As a result, KIM
had regular access to classified and national defense information relating to the activities of numerous
members of the United States Intelligence Community.
3. Prior to June 2009, KIM entered into Various nondisclosure agreements with the
United States, obligating him not to disclose classified information to any unauthorized person and
advising him that any such unauthorized disclosure could constitute a violation of United States
criminal laws, including Title 18, United States Code, Section 793. KIM entered into such
nondisclosure agreements both prior to and during his work at the Department of State. The scope of
these nondisclosure agreements encompasses the classified information referenced in this Statement
Defendant's Relationship with Reporter A
4. In the Spring of 2009, KIM met Reporter A. Beginning no later than in or about early
May 2009, KIM and Reporter A began to communicate via telephone, e-mail, and in person on a
number of subjects, including North Korea. Both KIM and Reporter A (who was then assigned to
cover the Department of State) had offices in the headquarters building of the Department of State.
Defendant's Unauthorized Disclosure of National Defense Information
5. On or about June 11, 2009, at approximately 9:50 am, the Intelligence Report was
disseminated for the first time to members of the United States Intelligence Community on a
classified database, access to which was restricted to authorized users. Lawful access to the
Intelligence Report on the classified database required: a TOP SECRET security clearance;
authorized access to the classified information sensitive compartment to which the contents of the
Intelligence Report related; and authorized access to the classified database itself. As of June 1 1,
2009, KIM was entrusted with such lawful access, permitting him to access and read the Intelligence
Report on the classified database. Reporter A did not have lawful access to the Intelligence Report.
6. On or about June 1 1, 2009, KIM and Reporter A contacted each other by telephone,
both using their Department of State desk phones. Beginning at approximately 11:27 KIM
accessed and read the Intelligence Report on the classified database, using his Department of State
computer in his office. At approximately 11:37 KIM called Reporter A's Department of State
desk phone. This call lasted approximately 20 seconds. Immediately thereafter, KIM called Reporter
A's cell phone. This second call lasted approximately 1 minute and 8 seconds.
7. Less than a half hour later, KIM and Reporter A met outside of the headquarters
building of the Department of State. Badge records demonstrate that they exited the building at
nearly the same time, were absent from the building for approximately 25 minutes, and then re-
entered the building very close in time.
8. In his interactions with Reporter A, KIM orally disclosed to Reporter A
national defense information from the Intelligence Report, specifically about the military capabilities
and preparedness of North Korea.
Within a few hours after KIM and Reporter A re-entered the headquarters building of
the Department of State very close in time at approximately 12:30 Reporter A's national news
organization published an article on the Internet that included national defense information
from the Intelligence Report that KIM disclosed to Reporter A, that is, national defense
information specifically about the military capabilities and preparedness of North Korea ("June 11th
10. KIM was never authorized, directly or indirectly, by the United States Government to
deliver, communicate, or transmit any national defense information to Reporter A or any other
member of the media.
Defendant's Statements to the FBI
1 1. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) interviewed KIM on September 24, 2009,
and again on March 29, 2010. In his FBI interview on September 24, 2009, KIM said that he had not
had any contact with Reporter A since meeting Reporter A in March 2009. In his FBI interview on
March 29, 2010, KIM acknowledged that the information from the Intelligence Report that appeared
in the June 11th article was national defense information and properly classified at the level.
KIM further acknowledged that the unauthorized disclosure and publication of that information could
be used to the injury of the United States or the advantage of a foreign nation.
12. KIM engaged in the conduct described above knowingly and willfully and not by
accident or mistake. In disclosing national defense information to Reporter A, KIM did not believe
that he was exposing government waste, fraud, abuse, or any other kind of government malfeasance
This Statementof Offense is not intended to be a complete recitation of all of the facts knownto the
United States or KIM, but is, instead, intended to provide a sufficient factual basis for the defendant's
plea of guilty to Count One of the Indictment, charging Unauthorized Disclosure of National Defense
Information, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 793(d).
Ronald C. Machen Jr.
United States Attorney
G. Michael Harirefl 0
Jonathan M. Malis
Thomas A. Bednar
Assistant United States Attorneys
Deborah A. Curtis
Julie A. Edelstein
U.S. Department of Justice Trial Attorneys
I have read every word of this Statement of Offense. Pursuant to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules
of Criminal Procedure, and after consulting with my attorneys, I agree and stipulate to this Statement
of Offense, and declare under penalty of perjury that it is true and correct.
Stepfian Jin-V/oo Kim .
I have discussed this Statement of Offense with my client, Stephen in-Woo Kim, and concur
with his decision to stipulate to this Stat ent of Offense.
Date: 2 lab"
Attorney for Defendant