- The Washington Times - Friday, January 31, 2003

Accused spy Brian Patrick Regan was more than $116,000 in debt on credit cards and had told his boss he was taking his family to Florida on vacation before being arrested as he was catching a flight to Switzerland, according to testimony yesterday at his trial in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.
If found guilty of espionage, Mr. Regan could be sentenced to death.
Other debts included a $103,000 mortgage on his Bowie home and $25,186 in car loans, testified FBI Agent Laura Pino, who examined financial records from the Bowie home after Mr. Regan was arrested Aug. 23, 2002, at Washington Dulles International Airport.
U.S. prosecutors have said evidence will show Mr. Regan wanted $13 million from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to be deposited in Swiss banks for top secret information obtained by U.S. satellites.
Ms. Pino said a slip of paper in Mr. Regan's wallet when he was arrested listed the names of two banks in Switzerland.
His boss at Northrup Grumman, Paul David McNulty, testified yesterday that Mr. Regan had said he would be with his wife and four children on vacation in Florida.
Instead, he was arrested at Dulles airport.
Although Mr. Regan was working at the supersecret National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, he was not to be handling information about Iraq, China and Iran, Mr. McNulty said.
But previous FBI witnesses testified that the hard drive of Mr. Regan's computer contained images and details about nuclear facilities, weapons of mass destruction, missile bases and training units, biological weapons and other military information in those countries.
"They are trying to hide those things," testified Eric Benn, technical analyst for National Imaging and Mapping Agency. "They know we are imaging, but they don't know how complete and rapid. The time when we are imaging them would be incredibly valuable to them."
Cross-examination by defense attorneys determined that Mr. Regan's house, other assets and $32,000 investments probably exceeded the family's debts.
Mr. Regan retired from the Air Force in October 2000 when his net income was about $34,000 annually, Ms. Pino said. His monthly pension is about $1,250.
Under cross-examination, Mr. McNulty said Mr. Regan's annual salary at Northrup Grumman was $65,000. He was the subject of a security check before being hired.
The trial is the first U.S. espionage trial in almost 50 years. Mr. Regan is charged with three counts of attempted espionage, two of which could result in the death penalty, and one count of illegally gathering national security information.
If the jury of five men and seven women impose the death penalty, it will be the first since June 1953 when Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for giving nuclear bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.

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