SPY CASES - UNITED STATES

Brian P. Regan

 

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Masters, Brooke A., and Vernon Loeb. "Air Force Retiree Charged as Spy: Secret Documents Passed, U.S. Says." Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2001, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Brian P. Regan, a retired Air Force master sergeant who works for NRO contractor TRW Inc., was arrested on 23 August 2001 and charged with conspiracy to commit espionage. Officials "said they have evidence of spying involving one country, which they declined to name, but government sources identified it as Libya." See also, Walter Pincus, "Satellite Agency Has Tradition of Secrecy; Joint Defense-CIA Enterprise Uses Many Contract Employees Such as Alleged Spy," Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2001, A10; and James Risen, "Employee of U.S. Contractor Accused of Conspiracy to Spy," New York Times, 25 Aug. 2001.

Masters, Brooke A. "Spy Suspect Had Missile Site Coordinates." Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2001, A18. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 23 October 2001, Brian P. Regan was indicted by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, VA, on a single count of attempted espionage.

Masters, Brooke A., and Dan Eggen. "Indictment Says Suspect Tried to Sell Defense Secrets." Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2002, A19. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 14 February 2002, "[a] federal grand jury in Alexandria charged espionage suspect Brian P. Regan ... with trying to spy for Iraq, Libya and China, alleging the retired Air Force master sergeant drafted a letter to Saddam Hussein offering to sell top secret defense information for $13 million."

Markon, Jerry. "Jury Opens Deliberations in Federal Espionage Case; Regan Could Face Death if Convicted of Spying Charges." Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2003, B2. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

On 10 February 2003, "[j]urors began deliberating the fate of Brian P. Regan..., after prosecutors portrayed him as a coldblooded spy aiming to help Saddam Hussein while his attorney called him a childlike incompetent who never intended to hurt anyone."

Markon, Jerry. "Convicted Spy Accepts Life Sentence: Sudden Sentencing Deal Will Prevent Prosecution of Ex-Air Force Analyst's Wife." Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2003, B1. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

"In a surprise deal with prosecutors" on 20 March 2003, "convicted spy Brian P. Regan accepted a sentence of life in prison for trying to sell secrets to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in exchange for an agreement not to prosecute his wife, who authorities say may have obstructed justice to help her husband."

Markon, Jerry. "Coded Messages Add to Mystery of a Failed Spy." Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2003, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"[P]rosecutors have said in court documents that they suspect [Brian P.] Regan removed 'far more' than the 800 pages of classified documents he admits stealing and that he may have buried documents at various secret locations. And everyone from the FBI's cryptanalysis group to other intelligence agencies are only now breaking the code in the letters found in Regan's cell and on some of the documents Regan was carrying in a fan-shaped folder when he was arrested in August 2001."

Markon, Jerry. "Convicted Spy Led FBI to Papers Buried in Parks." Washington Post, 31 Jul. 2003, B1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to law enforcement officials on 30 July 2003, "[c]onvicted spy Brian P. Regan buried more than 20,000 pages of documents classified as top secret or higher," intending "to sell them to Iraq, Iran and other countries in 'one of the largest espionage schemes in history'.... The trove of documents, CD-ROMs and videotapes, found in 19 locations by FBI agents after months of digging at state parks in Virginia and Maryland, contained detailed information about U.S. satellites, early warning systems and weapons of mass destruction, officials said."

Bhattacharjee, Yudhijit. "Tale of a Would-Be Spy, Buried Treasure, and Uncrackable Code." Intelligencer 18, no. 2 (Winter-Spring 2011): 17-22.

First appeared in Wired, Feb. 2010, http://www.wired.com.

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