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U.S. Air Force contractor sentenced to ten years in jail

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It was revealed this morning that a U.S. Air Force contractor has been sentenced to ten years in jail and up to 3 years of supervised release for stealing classified documents, in addition to conspiracy to commit naturalization fraud.

Aged 34, Christopher Glenn, a South Florida resident, was convicted by District Judge Kenneth Marra, of the Southern District of Florida.

Glenn had already pleaded guilty to the wilful retention of classified national defense information under the U.S. Espionage Act, computer intrusion under the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as conspiracy to commit naturalisation fraud.

Florida court records reveal that while working as a system administrator at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, Glenn accessed a classified Department of Defense network without proper authorization and removed classified national defense information.

The sensitive data that Glenn removed from the DoD and U.S. Southern Command's Joint Task Force-Bravo Effort included intelligence reports, as well as various military plans.

The JTF-B is also responsible for conducting military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean, in order to achieve U.S. national security objectives.

"Christopher Glenn exploited his position as a cleared military contractor and systems administrator to steal sensitive and highly classified U.S. military secrets," said assistant attorney general John Carlin.

"In doing so, he directly violated the unique trust placed in him by the Department of Defense. Insider threats by trusted employees who exploit computer access are a significant danger to U.S. national security and this sentencing clearly demonstrates that it will not be tolerated," added Carlin.

Glenn also conspired with his 28 years-old wife, Khadraa Glenn, an Iraqi-born Australian citizen, to commit naturalisation fraud for her benefit by fabricating fraudulent documents and submitting false statements and documents to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Mrs Glenn had previously pleaded guilty to naturalization fraud conspiracy and was sentenced on October 7, 2014.

According to a U.S. Air Force Notice of Suspension directed at Glenn's wife, her husband stole the classified documents on June 17, 2012.

Following a lengthy investigation, his employment was also terminated in October 2012. The investigation showed that Glenn had disabled and overridden the system security protections which were designed to prevent Secure Internet Protocol Router Network account-accessed files from being exfiltrated onto removable media, and subsequently copied those files to a DVD disc.

Glenn then cleared the log files, unsuccessfully attempting to delete evidence of his unauthorised actions. However, on August 27, 2012, federal investigators seized the hard drives from Glenn's classified and unclassified work computers as well as discs and various other hard drives from his work space.

Court documents reveal they were unable to locate the DVD he created which contained the improperly accessed information.

The DVD was obtained by Honduran police after a search on Glenn's home, following a search warrant obtained on March 11, 2015.

A DVD containing the same classified files Glenn copied onto a DVD disc on June 17, 2012, was then discovered.

Additionally, a Synclogy Network Attached Storage Device (SNASD) was also discovered. The SNASD contained all of the same classified documents which had been found on the DVD disc. The SNASD was encrypted.

Source: The United States Air Force.

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