Japan naval officer found guilty of defense leak


TOKYO — A Japanese court found a navy officer guilty of leaking classified data about a high-tech radar system used by U.S. and Japanese warships, domestic media reported on Tuesday. The 35-year-old lieutenant commander was given a two and half year suspended sentence for passing on classified information about the Aegis radar system to a colleague who was not authorized to handle such data, Kyodo News Agency reported. The conviction is the first under a 1954 law governing leakage of highly confidential information about weapons and ships given to Japan by the United States, local media said.

The Aegis radar system developed by the United States is used on U.S. and Japanese missile defense ships.