Former NSA Employee is Hit With Espionage Charges After Attempting to Sell Information to Undercover FBI Agent

Last week, a former employee at the National Security Agency (NSA) was charged with espionage for allegedly making an attempt to sell national defense secrets to an undercover FBI agent. According to Bill Pan of The Epoch Times, the former NSA employee initially believed that the undercover agent was actually an agent working on behalf of a foreign government. 

Jareh Sebastian Dalke, a 30-year-old Army veteran, was employed at the NSA as an information systems security designer. He held this job from June 6 to July 1, 2022. Per a Department of Justice statement, Dalke used an encrypted email account to send excerpts of three classified documents he was able to get his hands on while working for the NSA to an undercover FBI agent who pretended to be an agent of a foreign government.

Dalke was arrested on September 28, following his arrival at a public location in Denver where he was expecting to meet the undercover agent and hand over one other classified document. Allegedly, Dalke said to the agent that he had a debt of $237,000 and requested a “specific type of cryptocurrency” in exchange for the “highly sensitive information” he had in his possession. The FBI sent Dalke sent roughly $4,600 worth of cryptocurrency as a “good faith payment” to assist him with his financial problems. 

Per an affidavit that supports the criminal complaint, Dalke claimed to have contacted the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to make sure that he was actually getting in touch with a foreign government entity “rather than Americans trying to stifle a patriot.”

Per the affidavit, Dalke had grown jaded with the way the United States has transformed in recent decades. “This country is not as great as it thinks it once was,” he allegedly stated. “It is all about the businesses and their money, not anything about the people or those that serve it to include the military.”

Dalke is facing charges for three violations of the Espionage Act, which criminalizes the transmission or attempt to transmit national defense information to a foreign nation with prior knowledge that the information could be used to the detriment of the US state or to a foreign government’s advantage. If Dalke is convicted, he could potentially receive the death penalty or serve a life sentence in prison. 

Government agencies in the US have turned into lifeless bodies that no longer serve American interests. As a result, there are likely disgruntled employees within their ranks that are willing to engage in otherwise treasonous activities. These cases will likely proliferate as the US faces greater socio-economic decline and continues pursuing quixotic geopoltiical ventures abroad.

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