- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 4, 2003

FBI agents testified yesterday that spy suspect Brian Patrick Regan used computers at public libraries to get contacts and information about Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.
Special Agent Jason C. Williams, testifying in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, said that he sat on the floor of the library in Crofton, Md., pretending to read a book when Sgt. Regan was using a computer there June 24, 2001.
"I could see the screen," Mr. Williams said. After Sgt. Regan left, Mr. Williams took control of the computer, and with other agents, backtracked to print out documents and maps that Sgt. Regan had accessed, the agent added.
Similar to previous agents' testimony about information found on the hard drive of Sgt. Regan's home computer, the documents and maps were about Iraq, Iran and China, and foreign embassies and banks in Switzerland and Germany.
Sgt. Regan was arrested Aug. 23, 2001, at Washington Dulles International Airport as he was about to board a plane for Switzerland. FBI agent Jacqueline DeCou said yesterday that she searched Sgt. Regan's minivan then, and his home later.
"There was a lot of junk in the van," Ms. DeCou said, agreeing that hundreds and hundreds of papers in the van and the Regans' Bowie home qualified him to be "a packrat."
Under cross-examination by defense attorney Nina J. Ginsberg, Ms. DeCou said many of the papers referred to toys and videos for children. There also were "papers of self-improvement," which included the statement, "Be thankful to be alive."
Sgt. Regan, a retired Air Force master sergeant and father of four, is on trial on three counts of attempted espionage and one count of illegally gathering national security information. The jury could sentence him to death if it finds him guilty.
Only the jury and court officials can view the documents, some of which reportedly are top secret. They are shown on television screens by prosecutors and defense attorneys as witnesses are questioned.
"This letter is confidential and is directed to your president" was the message read from one piece of evidence. The letter was directed to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.
Other messages stated, "This letter is confidential for your president or security chief," and, "I am willing to commit espionage against the United States by providing your country with highly classified information."
In opening statements, Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Haynes indicated that Sgt. Regan also tried to communicate with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and was seeking $13 million to divulge top secrets.
The FBI began trailing Sgt. Regan after Libyan officials reported receiving messages urging them to contact a free e-mail account under the name of "Steve Jacobs."
Witnesses said yesterday that Sgt. Regan logged into that e-mail at the Crofton library in Anne Arundel County, a couple of Prince George's County libraries and a Falls Church library close to the National Reconnaissance Office, where he worked.
Sgt. Regan worked there first as an Air Force officer with top-secret clearance. He retired in October 2000 and took a job at a much higher salary with TRW Inc., which became part of Northrop Grumman. He was assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office.
Yesterday, Mark Walker, a Brigham Young University graduate and development manager for Microsoft, said all original information was found on the hard drives of Sgt. Regan's Gateway and Toshiba computers. Mr. Walker said the information could not be deleted.
Special agents have said that the information contained images and details about nuclear facilities, weapons of mass destruction, missile bases and training units, biological weapons and other military information about Iraq, Iran and China. The information came from U.S. satellites and would be helpful to the defense of those countries, agents said.

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