The Lazy Genius

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The Ultimate Insider: FBI Analyst Steals National Secrets

Posted by Xavier Ashe on May 12, 2007

On the morning of Aug. 5, 2005, an FBI
intelligence analyst sat at his desk and accessed the agency's main
database. He downloaded a classified document, copied it onto a disc
and dropped it into a bag beside his desk.

Leandro Aragoncillo — a career Marine who had served under two vice
presidents in the White House — was stealing information in an attempt
to foster a political coup in the Philippines, his home country. He
knew he had no authorization to take or pass along the information,
but, so far, it had been so easy.

What Aragoncillo didn't know was that on this particular
morning, after nearly four years of espionage, the feds were spying on
the spy. Agents were watching him at his desk via video surveillance.
At the end of the workday, the man who was set up as the perfect inside
threat, took the bag with the disc inside and left the office. Agents
tailed him as he drove home and took the bag, with the stolen
classified information, inside.

Wow…the guy's either got tons of guts, really arrogant, or really stupid.  Read the full article on Information Week.  This is a very interesting tidbit:

It is the first time in modern history that someone has been charged with spying out of the White House.

You mean except for the President?


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