OAN’s Brooke Mallory
12:02 PM – Tuesday, October 24, 2023
On Monday, a Colorado-based former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) entered a guilty plea for attempting to sell confidential material to Russian intelligence.
When Jareh Sebastian Dalke, 31, is sentenced in April, federal prosecutors have agreed not to request a sentence of more than 22 years in prison. Nevertheless, the court will ultimately determine the sentence.
The 31-year-old Colorado Springs resident and former Army soldier was facing a potential life sentence for providing the information to an undercover FBI agent, whom the prosecution claims Dalke mistakenly thought was a Russian spy.
In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore, Dalke entered a guilty plea. He only expressed his position in order to satisfy Moore’s inquiries regarding his comprehension of the conditions of the agreement.
Dalke also admitted that during his nearly year-long detention, he had been taking medication for his shaky mental health.
On September 28th, 2022, Dalke was taken into custody by police after they claimed he brought a laptop to the downtown train station in Denver and used it to send top secret data over a secure link that the investigators had established.
The accusations stated that among the data Dalke attempted to provide to Russia was a “threat assessment of the military offensive capabilities of a third, unnamed country.” Sensitive U.S. defense capabilities are also described, some of which are related to that same foreign nation.
He told the undercover agent that he was choosing to cooperate with Russia since his ancestry “ties back to [the] country” and because he owed $237,000 in debt.
According to court documents, Dalke sent a thank-you note that opened and closed in Russian and expressed his anticipation of “friendship and shared benefit” before transferring the classified materials.
Dalke was employed by the National Security Agency, the U.S. intelligence organization that gathers and examines signals from both domestic and foreign sources in order to gather intelligence and counterintelligence, as an information systems security designer.
Prosecutors claim that he reapplied to work at the agency after departing and handing over the confidential material to the undercover agent.
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