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An FBI story with scary parallels for Donald Trump

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August 12, 2022 5:40 pm
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You Can't Take It with You
Maryland Man Sentenced for Stealing Secret Documents


03/31/06

Officials at the National Security Agency (or NSA)—one of the nation’s intelligence agencies—were skeptical when they received an anonymous tip in January 2004 that a former employee—Kenneth Wayne Ford—had a box full of its secrets that he was trying to sell to foreign agents.

Then the person providing the tip read these officials the contents of actual classified documents. The NSA immediately called us.

To make matters more urgent, the person said Ford planned to take the documents—some extremely sensitive and related to national defense—to Dulles International Airport in Virginia the next day. Agents from our Calverton, Maryland, office quickly placed the former NSA computer scientist and his home under surveillance.

They had to act fast. “We set some land-speed records obtaining the legal authority from the judge to search Mr. Ford’s residence,“ said FBI Agent Dave Evans, who supervised the investigation.

As it turned out, our tipster was wrong on one count: Ford wasn’t planning on making any trips out of the country and didn’t even make the drive to the airport. But we were still ready with a legal court order authorizing the search at his home in Waldorf, Maryland, where the documents were reportedly stored.

When the agents arrived at his home the next day—January 12—they had no problem finding the stolen materials. “We entered the house and there were piles of stuff everywhere,” Evans said. “Most of the very sensitive documents were in two boxes in the kitchen.”

Ford was arrested and charged with one count of unauthorized possession of national defense information. He was later charged with making a false statement when he applied for a job requiring a top secret clearance and said he’d never been arrested.

Excuses, excuses. Ford later admitted to agents that he had taken the documents on the last day of work at NSA, claiming the materials would help him with his new job. Evans didn’t buy it. “He didn’t know enough about the job to which he was headed to know what documents would be relevant to that job.” Our agents ultimately determined that Ford probably wasn’t trying to pass materials to a foreign country, as the tip indicated. But they also concluded he had no intention of stopping his reckless handling of the material…and there’s no telling whose hands it might have ultimately ended up in.

Let the trial begin. Counterintelligence trials are rarely easy, and Ford’s was no exception. Lawyers from NSA were on hand to prevent unnecessary disclosures of classified information. Witnesses from the NSA, the FBI, and the CIA testified.

On December 15, 2005, the jury found Ford guilty on both charges. On Thursday, March 30, he was sentenced to six years in prison.

“It was a simple case, really,” Evans said. “We had a tip. We obtained a search warrant. We checked it out. And fortunately, we stopped him before he could do any damage. We are confident that all of the classified material in Mr. Ford’s possession was accounted for and recovered.”


Cited and related links:

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  1. by oldedude on August 12, 2022 8:02 pm
    so you're saying.... Curt... is a pedophile that has several little boys buried in his yard. You have no info on Curt. He's paid his taxes, doesn't have a gun, never had a traffic ticket. does own the house outright, has a loan on his car. Neighbors like him. Employer says he's a great asset as an employee. He's engaged with the work and people. In the last couple of months? Nothing new. been on time. Chipper, knowledgeable, willing to be an asset to coworkers.
    you say "lets violate his 4th and 6th amendment rights! It's our duty to make sure no one really has those!
    Onward, Onward said the Light brigade:
    Not though the soldier knew
    Someone had blundered.
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die.
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    My point is that: are you going to court for a "life sentence" for a company that is unable to show most of their evidence?

    Welcome to my world...


  2. by oldedude on August 12, 2022 9:10 pm
    And you don't know Jack Shit about NSA.


  3. by Donna on August 12, 2022 10:06 pm
    Does that mean you DO know jack shit about the NSA?


  4. by oldedude on August 13, 2022 6:53 am
    Enough. I've worked with them lots.

    I also know that where your buddy Snowden was out of.
    Your other buddy, manning was an DOD analyst. Just to save some argument, Military analysts are considered DoD analysts, even though they work for a particular service.


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