A former computer specialist at a U.S. military base in Honduras pleaded guilty to espionage charges that he attempted to steal classified information, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Prosecutors said Christopher Glenn, 34, downloaded both top-secret and unclassified information while working for the U.S. Southern Command. News reports have said that the information Glenn captured included the emails and communications of top generals, and that he burned everything onto DVDs.
“Christopher Glenn accessed, copied and retained classified information that belonged to the Department of Defense and the U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force, without authorization,” said John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security.
“Systems administrators occupy a place of unique trust in an organization due to their extensive access to the cyber systems they maintain,” Mr. Carlin said. “With today’s plea, Glenn is being held accountable for his violation of that trust.”
Glenn and his wife, Khadraa, 28, have also been convicted of attempting to commit naturalization fraud, after Glenn created false documents for his wife and sent them to U.S. immigration officials.