Woman Pleads Guilty to Unauthorized Removal and Retention of Classified Material

(DOJ) A Hawaii woman pleaded guilty today to one count of knowingly removing classified information concerning the national defense or foreign relations of the United States and retaining it at an unauthorized location. According to court documents, Asia Janay Lavarello, 31, of Honolulu, admitted to having removed and retained numerous classified documents, writings and notes relating […]

Former Army Green Beret Sentenced for Russian Espionage Conspiracy

(DOJ) A Virginia man and former Army Green Beret was sentenced today to 188 months in prison for conspiring with Russian intelligence operatives to provide them with U.S. national defense information. Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 46, of Gainesville, admitted to conspiring with agents of a Russian intelligence service. According to court documents, from December 1996 to […]

Ph.D. Chemist Convicted of Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets, Economic Espionage, Theft of Trade Secrets and Wire Fraud

(DOJ) A federal jury in Greeneville, Tennessee, convicted a U.S. citizen today of conspiracy to steal trade secrets, economic espionage and wire fraud. Following a twelve-day trial, Dr. Xiaorong You, aka Shannon You, 59, of Lansing, Michigan, was convicted of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, conspiracy to commit economic espionage, possession of stolen trade secrets, economic […]

Former Intelligence Analyst Pleads Guilty to Disclosing Classified Information

(DOJ) A former intelligence analyst and former military servicemember pleaded guilty today to illegally obtaining classified national defense information and disclosing it to a reporter. According to court records, Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, served as an enlisted airman in the U.S. Air Force from July 2009 to July 2013. After receiving language and […]

Defense Department Linguist Pleads Guilty to Transmitting Highly Sensitive Classified National Defense Information to Aid Hezbollah

(DOJ) A Minnesota woman pleaded guilty today to one count of delivering national defense information to aid a foreign government. According to court documents, Mariam Taha Thompson, 63, formerly of Rochester, Minnesota, worked as a contract linguist at an overseas U.S. military facility where she was entrusted with a top secret government security clearance. Thompson pleaded […]

Former Army Special Forces Officer Charged in Russian Espionage Conspiracy

(DOJ) A Gainesville, Virginia, man was arrested today for conspiring with Russian intelligence operatives to provide them with United States national defense information. According to court documents, from December 1996 to January 2011, Peter Rafael Dzibinski Debbins, 45, a former member of the U.S. Army, allegedly conspired with agents of a Russian intelligence service. During that […]

Recruited Hizballah Operative in the US Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison

A 35 year old man who came to the US legally in 2003 was recruited by Hizballah sometime between 2006 and 2008 (22-24 yrs old) to be an covert operative in the United States. In 2008 he submitted his application to become a US citizen under instructions from his handler and became one in 2009, […]

Methods China has deployed to advance its military quantum program

A new report out detailing the tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) used by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government and scientists to become a global leader in quantum research and applications. Intro This report leverages Strider’s technology platform and proprietary datasets to detail how China has exploited quantum science resources in the West to rapidly […]

Former CIA Officer Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Espionage

(DOJ) A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) case officer was sentenced today to 19 years in prison for conspiring to communicate, deliver and transmit national defense information to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). “In just over a year, we have convicted three Americans for committing espionage offenses on behalf of the Chinese government. Each […]

DIA Officer Ron Hansen sentenced to 10 years for attempted espionage

(DOJ) A former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer, who pleaded guilty in March to attempting to communicate, deliver, or transmit information involving the national defense of the United States to the People’s Republic of China, will serve 10 years in federal prison.  U.S. District Judge Dee Benson imposed the sentence Tuesday afternoon in Salt Lake […]