Former NSA Employee Admits to Sharing Classified Information with Russia

    Recently, Jareh Sebastian Dalke, a 31-year-old former employee of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), admitted guilt to charges of trying to send classified defence details to Russia. Working as an Information Systems Security Designer for the NSA from June 6, 2022, to July 1, 2022, Dalke had the authority to access documents with Top Secret clearance.

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), between August and September 2022, Dalke sent parts of three classified documents to someone he thought was a Russian agent using an encrypted email account. However, this supposed agent was, in fact, an undercover FBI employee.

    Moreover, Dalke didn’t just stop at transmitting documents. He also offered to share more sensitive information with Russia in return for $85,000. Specifically, he highlighted NSA’s intentions to modify a cryptographic program and provided threat evaluations about sensitive U.S. defence strategies and Russia’s aggressive tactics.

    The file exchange occurred at Union Station in downtown Denver, Colorado, where Dalke used a laptop to send five files. Out of these, four held Top Secret National Defense Information (NDI).

    Immediately after the file transfer on September 28, 2022, authorities detained Dalke. Now, after his guilty plea, he awaits his sentence on April 26, 2024, potentially facing life behind bars.

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