“During questioning, he admitted that he had taken pictures of the classified documents, which were in his custody, on his cellphone. He also confessed that he had sent the pictures of the documents to the two women on WhatsApp and Telegram chats. His cellphone was recovered, and sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) of the CBI.”
India Senior Police Officer
“John le Carré’s considerable public achievement has been to chronicle and interrogate the big political themes of the age while also inventing his own lexicon of espionage — the Circus, tradecraft, lamplighters, moles, scalphunters, pavement artists, the honey trap — that will endure as a permanent part of the language.”
Jason Cowley — Editor of the New Statesman
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Group Captain Arun Marwaha, 51, who was allegedly ‘honey-trapped’, leaked information to a Pakistani agents on WhatsApp.
The arrest was made on Wednesday evening (February 7 2018), 10 days after the Air Force Intelligence Wing caught him red-handed with his cellphone when he entered the headquarters. Carrying a phone is prohibited inside the premises.
The IAF officer allegedly passed classified information about the three new tri-service agencies in the field of Cyber Warfare, Space and Special Operations to two women.
“Initial probe has revealed that Marwaha was lured by two women, suspected to be working for a foreign spy agency, and was being blackmailed. He befriended them on Facebook around three months ago.
After talking to them on the social networking site for a while, they exchanged their phone numbers and started chatting on WhatsApp,” an officer said. Further investigation in the case is underway.
In the FIR, the complainant has stated, “Marwaha was working as Joint Director (operations). During questioning, he disclosed before officers of Air Force intelligence wing that he was in touch with two women, and had passed on classified information about three new formations — Defence Cyber Agency, Defence Space Agency and a Special Operations Division — to them.
He also shared a classified document about the forthcoming Air Force Exercise with them, which is likely to help enemies and will affect the ‘sovereignty and integrity of India’.”
Punishment under Official Secrets Act entails a jail term of up to seven years. Investigators from Air Force’s counter-intelligence wing are probing whether he was part of a larger espionage ring.
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