News / Asia

Second Cambodian-Born Serviceman Faces US Military Courts

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2010, U.S. navy officer Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz smiles as he delivers his welcome speech on the deck of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mustin at the Cambodian coastal international seaport of Sihanoukville.
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2010, U.S. navy officer Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz smiles as he delivers his welcome speech on the deck of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mustin at the Cambodian coastal international seaport of Sihanoukville.
The arrest of a second Cambodian-born serviceman on charges of leaking U.S. secrets has put members of Cambodian-American community on edge.

Cambodian-born U.S. naval commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz is facing criminal charges for allegedly passing sensitive information to a foreign defense contractor.

He is the second Cambodian-born serviceman to face U.S. charges this year. The first, Seivirak Inson, a former U.S. military intelligence officer, was convicted earlier this year of passing classified information to the Cambodian military.

Cambodian-Americans say the incidents, and the media attention they garner, are regretful.

Vibol Tan, a resident of the Washington suburbs in Virginia, told VOA Khmer the cases are troubling for him.

"For me, I am regretful and ashamed as a Cambodian-American, particularly since I am working for the federal government," he said.

But Prom Saunora, another Cambodian-American resident of Virginia, says Misiewicz has no one to blame but himself.

"I am regretful about this issue, because he neglected [his duties] a little bit, because all these issues have a pass-fail line. And he [failed]."

Schanley Kuch, who lives in Maryland, stresses the ethnic background of the defendants is not an issue.

"An individual, whether Cambodian-American or another national, will be punished if they violate the law," he said.

Misiewicz is accused of accepting gifts and favors to pass along confidential information on ship routes to a Singapore-based company that overcharged the Navy for services to its ships. He has pleaded not guilty in federal court.

Declining to comment on this case specifically, Samuel Locklear, a U.S. naval commander for the Pacific Command, told VOA's Khmer service that such cases are troubling and must be closely examined.

"The aspects of counterintelligence are, in a military organization, are always troubling and always have to be assessed as they occur," he said. "In all of our countries, we all work very hard to ensure that the impacts of these types of things are limited."

Seivirak Inson, meanwhile, is serving 10 years in prison for allegedly selling secrets to Cambodia.

Cambodia has denied having U.S. documents.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Khmer service.

You May Like

Changing Under Pressure, IS ‘Potent’ as Ever

US intel officials describe Ramadi's fall as concerning, but say it isn't emblematic of larger effort to degrade IS capabilities More

Nigeria Fuel Shortage Shows Fragility of Africa’s Oil Giant

Although it is the largest oil producer in Africa, country has nearly ran out of fuel it needs to power its generators, cars and airplanes over the past week More

Arrested Football Officials Come Mainly From the Americas

US Justice Department alleges defendants participated in 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through corruption of international soccer More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Ream from: Jacksonville, FL
December 03, 2013 10:30 AM
I do not believe a bit on this matter. let put it this way, what do cambodian government have to offer to those officers for them to give up their great life and families in the US?

by: Robert from: London
November 07, 2013 11:21 AM
Maybe American can make an apology for the countless number of civilians murdered in Cambodia in its phony economic war with Vietnam, during which the US murdered some 2 million people. Its called genocide.

by: Felix Chapel from: Annapolis, Maryland
November 07, 2013 9:46 AM
On edge? Please! Perhaps the Cambodian American community feels embarrassed or regretful but on edge implies that there could be some sort of insane dragging of Cambodian American's into the streets to be beaten. Because this happens in some countries it is not the American way and the VOA should better that!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Cari
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X
George Putic
May 27, 2015 9:31 PM
Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video 3D Printer Makes Replica of Iconic Sports Car

Cars with parts made by 3D printers are already on the road, but engineers are still learning about this new technology. While testing the possibility of printing an entire car, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy recently created an electric-powered replica of an iconic sports roadster. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video US Voters Seek Answers From Presidential Candidates on IS Gains

The growth of the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria comes as the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign kicks off in the Midwest state of Iowa.   As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, voters want to know how the candidates would handle recent militant gains in the Middle East.
Video

Video A Small Oasis on Kabul's Outskirts Provides Relief From Security Tensions

When people in Kabul want to get away from the city and relax, many choose Qargha Lake, a small resort on the outskirts of Kabul. Ayesha Tanzeem visited and talked with people about the precious oasis.
Video

Video Film Festival Looks at Indigenous Peoples, Culture Conflict

A recent Los Angeles film festival highlighted the plight of people caught between two cultures. Mike O'Sullivan has more on the the Garifuna International Film Festival, a Los Angeles forum created by a woman from Central America who wants the world to know more about her culture.
Video

Video Kenyans Lament Losing Sons to al-Shabab

There is agony, fear and lost hope in the Kenyan town of Isiolo, a key target of a new al-Shabab recruitment drive. VOA's Mohammed Yusuf visits Isiolo to speak with families and at least one man who says he was a recruiter.
Video

Video Scientists Say Plankton More Important Than Previously Thought

Tiny ocean creatures called plankton are mostly thought of as food for whales and other large marine animals, but a four-year global study discovered, among other things, that plankton are a major source of oxygen on our planet. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video US-led Coalition Gives Some Weapons to Iraqi Troops

In a video released Tuesday from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Iraqi forces and U.S.-led coalition troops survey a cache of weapons supplied to help Iraq liberate Mosul from Islamic State group. According to a statement provided with the video, the ministry and the U.S.-led coaltion troops have started ''supplying the 16th army division with medium and light weapons in preparation to liberate Mosul and nearby areas from Da'esh (Arabic acronym for Islamic State group).''
Video

Video Amnesty International: 'Overwhelming Evidence' of War Crimes in Ukraine

Human rights group Amnesty International says there is overwhelming evidence of ongoing war crimes in Ukraine, despite a tentative cease-fire with pro-Russian rebels. Researchers interviewed more than 30 prisoners from both sides of the conflict and all but one said they were tortured. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Washington Parade Honors Those Killed Serving in US Military

Every year, on the last Monday in the month of May, millions of Americans honor the memories of those killed while serving in the armed forces. Memorial Day is a tradition that dates back to the 19th Century. While many people celebrate the federal holiday with a barbecue and a day off from work, for those who’ve served in the military, it’s a special day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Arash Arabasadi reports for VOA from Washington.
Video

Video Kenya’s Capital Sees Rise in Shisha Parlors

In Kenya, the smoking of shisha, a type of flavored tobacco, is the latest craze. Patrons are flocking to shisha parlors to smoke and socialize. But the practice can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review. Lenny Ruvaga has more on the story for VOA from Nairobi, Kenya.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.

VOA Blogs