- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 30, 2003

A former Air Force investigator demonstrated for jurors yesterday how prosecutors say spy suspect Brian Patrick Regan obtained classified satellite photos of missile sites in Iraq and China off the Internet.
Using a laptop computer, Bret Padres, a former military computer expert, showed how he said Sgt. Regan used a classified Internet system to search the National Imagery Mapping Agency for the satellite photos. Sgt. Regan also sought information about Iran and Libya, Mr. Padres said.
On the third day of testimony in Sgt. Regan's espionage trial in Alexandria, Mr. Padres showed the satellite images that he said Sgt. Regan obtained during his searches.
"This would be the image up on Mr. Regan's computer?" asked Assistant U.S. Attorney James Gillis.
"Exactly," Mr. Padres responded.
Defense attorney Nina Ginsberg said that the classified Internet system also contained such sites as CNN and Jane's military publications.
"There are literally thousands of other Web pages that Mr. Regan viewed that have nothing to do with Iraq, Libya, Iran, or China," Miss Ginsberg said.
"That's probably accurate," Mr. Padres answered.
Sgt. Regan, 40, is a retired Air Force master sergeant. He worked at the National Reconnaissance Office, a secret government spy agency, for the Air Force and then for TRW, a defense contractor. He has pleaded not guilty to charges he offered sensitive information to Iraq, Libya and China.
Mr. Padres, now with the U.S. Postal Service's Inspector General's Office, formerly worked for the computer crime unit with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Mr. Padres said all searches on the system are logged, and he was able to obtain a record of every instance Sgt. Regan used the system to find classified information. Sometimes, he merely typed in "top secret Libya," though he misspelled the name of the country, and "Iraq top secret," Mr. Padres said.
Sgt. Regan also sought classified documents about Libya's biological-warfare program, Iran's nuclear programs and one report titled, "Saddam Remains Confident and Defiant," Mr. Padres said.
Earlier, four FBI agents testified yesterday that they took precautions to safeguard a laptop computer seized from Sgt. Regan's home.
But Miss Ginsberg suggested the FBI may not have been so careful, noting that a machine used to search the information on Sgt. Regan's hard drive crashed and that a disk was mislabeled.


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