A former contractor for the CIA has pleaded guilty to stealing and stockpiling classified information, and for lying about it to investigators.
Prosecutors say Reynaldo B. Regis, 53, copied classified information into personal notebooks while he was working for the CIA, and would store them at his home.
“When initially interviewed by law enforcement, Regis lied about having done so,” the Department of Justice said in a press release Friday. Regis worked for the CIA between 2006 and 2016, according to court documents, but its unclear why he departed the agency. (RELATED: Feds Charge Ex-CIA Case Officer Who Allegedly Gave Up Entire US Spy Network In China)
When FBI agents raided his home, they found around 60 notebooks full of information he made at some point during his 10 years at the CIA. The notebooks contained “information relating to highly sensitive intelligence reports, disclosure of which could cause serious damage to the national security,” according to the DOJ.
As part of his plea agreement, Regis admitted to unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, and making false statements. He faces up to five years in prison, but the prosecutors note that sentences for federal crimes are usually lower than the maximum penalties.
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