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FBI analyst sentenced for spying

Old 07-18-2007, 06:06 PM
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In my opinion, we have had too many spys lately and I feel he needs to be made an example (by execution) of since people feel
they can freely be spys in this country as of late.

FBI analyst sentenced for spying

Man passed classified documents to foes of Philippines president

Leandro Aragoncillo is ex-Marine, former aide to two U.S. vice presidents

Conspiracy to transmit national defense information could have brought 20 years

Second man sentenced Tuesday to six years in same conspiracy

NEWARK, New Jersey (CNN) -- An FBI analyst and former vice presidential aide was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for espionage after he admitted supplying classified documents to Philippine nationals in an effort to overthrow that country's government, federal prosecutors said.

Leandro Aragoncillo, 48, a former U.S. Marine and Philippine native who worked as a military aide to Vice Presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney before joining the FBI as a civilian employee, pleaded guilty to four charges of espionage in May 2006.

The plea deal spared Aragoncillo from facing the death penalty, prosecutors said.

In a sentencing hearing Wednesday morning, U.S. District Judge William H. Walls sentenced Aragoncillo to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a plot to overthrow Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. In addition, he fined Aragoncillo $40,000.

Aragoncillo could have been sentenced to up to 20 years for participation in a conspiracy to transmit national defense information, prosecutors said.

U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie, in a news release issued Wednesday, accused Aragoncillo of "betraying his Marine uniform, his adopted country and the trust bestowed on him as an FBI analyst."

Michael Ray Aquino, a co-conspirator, was sentenced by Walls on Tuesday to six years in prison. Aquino, 41, is a former Philippine national police officer who pleaded guilty in July 2006 to taking classified documents, obtained from Aragoncillo, and passing them on to Philippine officials plotting to overthrow Arroyo.

Aragoncillo, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested along with Aquino on September 10, 2005.

Mark Berman, an attorney for Aquino, said that his client admits receiving documents from Aragoncillo, but maintains that he did not know the information was classified.

Prosecutors say that Filipino recipients of the classified documents included former President Joseph Estrada, who was ousted six years ago; Sen. Panfilo Lacson, an opposition politician; and former House Speaker Arnulfo Fuentebella.

"I never intended to cause harm or injury to the United States," Aragoncillo told the judge.

Aquino's attorney said his client was "relieved" that the court rejected the government's recommended sentence of 10 years in favor of a lighter penalty.

Attorneys for Aragoncillo refused to comment.
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I agree. We cannot let people go unpunished for treason. It is time people are reminded that their are punishments for betraying your country in this way.
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Here is another example of a person that needs to be made an example of. Even if he is honest, he needs to be put in prison for stupidity.

Ex-Oak Ridge contractor charged with taking restricted materials


Story Highlights
NEW: Indictment: Man tried to pass nuclear filters to foreign agent

NEW: Roy Lynn Oakley appears in court in Tennessee after surrendering

NEW: Facility's role is to break down decommissioned equipment

NEW: Lawyer:Oakley's job was to break machine parts into pieces, pitch them

(CNN) -- A former government contract employee was indicted on charges of stealing restricted nuclear energy-related materials and putting the United States at risk, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Roy Lynn Oakley, 67, of Roane County, Tennessee, appeared in federal court in Knoxville on Thursday.

Oakley was briefly detained for questioning in the case in January, when authorities first learned of the alleged plot to divulge the materials, government sources told CNN. He voluntarily surrendered Thursday at an FBI field office in Knoxville, the sources said.

Oakley is a former employee of Bechtel Jacobs, the Department of Energy's prime environmental management contractor at the East Tennessee Technology Park, prosecutors said.

The indictment states that Oakley, "having possession of, access to and having been entrusted with sections of 'barriers' and associated hardware used for uranium enrichment through the process of gaseous diffusion ... having reason to believe that such data would be utilized to injure the United States and secure an advantage to a foreign nation, did communicate, transmit and disclose such data to another person."

The transfer took place January 26, the indictment alleges. Oakley is also charged with converting the material and "restricted data" to his own use. He began doing so on about October 17, 2006, and continued through January, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the materials involved have been examined by scientists and posed no threat to people who may have come into contact with them.

Oakley's attorney, Herb Moncier, said outside court Thursday that Oakley's job was to break rods "into little pieces" and throw them away. Moncier said Oakley had a security clearance, but Moncier did not believe it was a high-level clearance.

The government alleges that in January, Oakley attempted to sell the "pieces of scrap" to someone he thought was a French agent -- but in reality was an undercover FBI agent, Moncier said. He said he questions whether those broken pieces would be considered an "appliance" under the law.

"Mr. Oakley has cooperated fully for the last six months," said Moncier, who added that he had traveled to Washington for work on the case.

Each count carries a possible sentence upon conviction of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"While none of the stolen equipment was ever transmitted to a foreign government or terrorist organization, the facts of this case demonstrate the importance of safeguarding our nuclear technology and pursuing aggressive prosecution against those who attempt to breach the safeguards and put that technology in the wrong hands," Kenneth Wainstein, assistant attorney general for national security, said in the Justice Department statement.

One government source said the materials involved are not the "crown jewels," but they should not have been taken from the facility.

A "barrier" is used to filter uranium during the enrichment process, according to nuclear energy officials, but a significant number of barriers are needed to do that job.

Sources told CNN that federal authorities have been following Oakley and investigating the case for at least six months, after he allegedly tried to sell the classified material.

Oakley, described as a low-level employee, apparently did not make contact with any foreign government and is
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