Former U.S. Air Force intelligence specialist charged with spying for Iran
She had access to materials with a neck "top secret"
A West Virginia court sentenced former US Navy intelligence officer Elizabeth Shirley to 11 years in prison for intending to hand over classified documents to Russia and kidnapping her own daughter. 47-year-old American hoped to obtain asylum in a country that would not extradite her and her daughter to her homeland.
Shirley is a former US Army member of the Navy, Pentagon, Department of Energy, National Cooperative Cyber Investigations Working Group, and five Pentagon contractors. She had access to materials with a neck "top secret". In July 2019, she took her daughter living with her ex-husband and went with her to Mexico City..
There she planned to contact representatives of the Russian government to request resettlement to another country. She took with her secret documents to which she had access.
In Mexico City, she was found by representatives of the American authorities and the Mexican police. The former intelligence officer was charged with hiding a minor from a legal guardian. In the course of studying her electronic devices, she was found with secret documents of the National Security Agency and Navy Intelligence and a letter to the Russian government with which she tried to get in touch.
In July, Shirley pleaded guilty. As part of a pre-trial agreement, she received 8 years in prison for illegal storage of secret documents and 3 years for the kidnapping of a child by a parent. "Shirley held a position of utmost trust. When she committed her crimes, she not only violated that trust, but also nearly endangered her employers and colleagues.", – the representative of the FBI leading the case said at the trial.
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