This is not good.
While much of this story has been out for nearly a month (see links below), ABC News has been investigating a possible White House angle. That part of the story is breaking for the first time today.
ABC News: Espionage Case Breaches the White House
Matt Drudge: FBI CHARGES MARINE WITH STEALING DOCUMENTS AND GIVING THEM TO PHILIPPINES… WORKED FOR CHENEY; WORKED IN WHITE HOUSE FOR 3 YEARS… TOP SECRET CLEARANCE; STOLE FROM WHITE HOUSE COMPUTERS… 100+ DOCUMENTS…
Undetected for 3 years? Can you even imagine how much damage could be done in that amount of time?
In 2000, Leandro Aragoncillo worked as a staff member of then-Vice President Al Gore. When interviewed by Philippine television, Aragoncillo remarked how valued Philippine employees were at the White House.
Classified Material Transferred by E-Mail – Officials say the classified material, stolen from the vice president’s office, included damaging dossiers on the president of the Philippines. The suspect then passed those on to opposition politicians planning a coup in the Pacific nation.
I’m wondering if any other secrets were compromised beyond the dossiers mentioned above. Could this spy be working with yet another government?
United States District Court (NJ) Criminal Complaint (PDF)
Background – Leandro Aragoncillo, 46
Home: Woodbury, NJ
Birthplace: Philippines, came to US in 1984
Citizenship: US, in 1991
Family: Wife and two children
Occupation: FBI Intelligence Analyst
Hired July 2004, suspended 12 Sept 2005
Retired US Marine with 21 years service, 1983-2004. Gunnery Sergeant. Stationed in Japan, Guantanamo Bay, Quantico, VA, Assignment to the White House between 1999 and 2002 as “administration chief” of the security detail assigned to Vice President Cheney.
Six Good Conduct Medals and a Humanitarian Service Medal
Arrested: Saturday, 10 September 2005
Knowingly communicating classified information by a government employee to an agent or representative of a foreign country (i.e. receiving classified information).
Acting as an agent of a foreign official without notification of the Attorney General in violation of Title 18 of the US Code, Section 951
Unauthorized use of a government computer to obtain and transmit classified information
Conspiracy to commit all of the above offenses in violation of Title 18 of the US Code Section 371.
Dates of Spying: January 2005 to August 2005
Possible Motivations: $500,000 in debts, mostly mortgages on rental properties
— FBI Probes Ex-Marine on Classified Info (10/06/05)
Earlier: Philippine News.com | CI Centre | Manila Standard Today | INQ7 | Malaya | PCIJ Blog | Boston.com | WIRED | STAR – Washington Bureau | USAToday | TheRealityCheck.org | ABS CBN Interactive | The Manila Times | 9/12/05 ABC News Story | 9/12/05 US Dept. of Justice News Release |