Hawaii is a spot for sun, surf _ and spies

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Associated Press

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 3 at 3:00 AM

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is better known for sunbathing on the beach or surfing than high-stakes sleuthing.

But the case of a 59-year-old civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his much younger Chinese girlfriend is a reminder of Hawaii's little-known identity as a prime target for espionage.

A high concentration of important military commands means there's a great deal of information on the islands that potential adversaries want to know.

This prompts the FBI to concentrate most of its resources in Hawaii on counterintelligence — not drug trafficking or terrorism.

Oahu is home to the U.S. Pacific Command, the U.S. military's headquarters for the Asia-Pacific region. The Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps also each have their own headquarters for the Pacific on the island.

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