Vietnamese policeman jailed for revealing 'top secret' document on Facebook

By Phan Thuong, Thanh Nien News

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A Ho Chi Minh City court on Wednesday sentenced a former police officer to three years in jail for posting a classified document of the police on his Facebook page.
Pham Thanh Trung, 26, of Binh Thanh District’s police unit was found guilty of “deliberately disclosing state secrets.”
According to the indictment, on April 25, Thanh made a copy of the document sealed as “top secret” by HCMC Police Department, scanned the copy and posted it on his Facebook page.
The document contained the police plans to ensure order and safety for celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in HCMC on April 30.
He also sent the copy to the outlawed organization Viet Tan and instructed the organization to spread outlets at the city government’s offices during the April 30 meeting, according to the indictment.
Trung told the court he did those things because he was unhappy with his superior officers who treated him unfairly while assessing his work performance.
He said he had no intention to overthrow the administration or was not involved in any anti-government organization.

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