Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Espionage Case Breaches White House

Both the FBI and CIA are calling it the first case of espionage in the White House in modern history.

A U.S. Marine and naturalized citizen from the Phillipines used his top secret clearance to steal classified information from the White House Computers. Leandro Aragoncillo had been assigned to the staff of Vice-President Cheney. He also worked on the staff of Al Gore, when he was Vice-President.

According to a criminal complaint, Aragoncillo was arrested last month and accused of downloading more than 100 classified documents from FBI computers.

"The information was transferred mostly by e-mails," said U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie at the time of Aragoncillo's arrest.