A Florida man sent to jail for accessing and removing information from Military computers

A 34-year-old man from South Florida was sent to prison for 120 months which would be followed by three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra of the Southern District of Florida for accessing and removing classified information from Military computers.

The court found Christopher R. Glenn guilty on July 31 for willful retention of classified national defense information under the Espionage Act, computer intrusion under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and conspiracy to commit naturalization fraud.

The announcement was made on July 31 by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida and Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office.

Glenn accessed a classified Department of Defense network without authorization and removed classified national defense information from Department of Defense and U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM’s) Joint Task Force-Bravo, including intelligence reports and military plans while he was working as a computer systems administrator at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras.

Glenn proceeded to encrypt the files and place them on an Internet-accessible network storage device located in his residence in Honduras.

“Christopher Glenn exploited his position as a cleared military contractor and systems administrator to steal classified U.S. military secrets,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin in the announcement.

“In doing so, he violated the unique trust placed in him by the Department of Defense. Insider threats by trusted employees who exploit computer access are a significant danger to U.S. national security and this sentencing shows it will not be tolerated,” Carlin added.

According to the court reports, Carlin and Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, U.S. Army’s 470th Military Intelligence Brigade, U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigations Division, SOUTHCOM, USCIS, IRS-CI, the Department of Homeland Security and the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force.

“The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ricardo Del Toro of the Southern District of Florida and Trial Attorney Christian Ford of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section,” the report added.

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