A West Palm Beach resident pleaded guilty Friday to stealing classified national defense information while he was working at a federal military base in Honduras under the U.S. Southern Command.
Christopher R. Glenn, 34, admitted to charges of of willful retention of classified defense information, computer intrusion and conspiracy to commit naturalization fraud. The crimes occurred while he was employed as a computer systems administrator at a U.S. military installation in Honduras.
Glenn is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra on April 17 in West Palm Beach federal court. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the first two charges and up to 5 years on the third offense.
Glenn gained unauthorized access to classified computer files containing national defense information that belonged to the Department of Defense and U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo in Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, authorities said. He then copied and retained classified information stored under the Joint Task Force Commander’s account, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami.
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Glenn also conspired with his wife, Khadraa A. Glenn, 28, to commit naturalization fraud for her benefit by submitting false documents and statements to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She previously pleaded guilty to a naturalization fraud conspiracy.
“Obtaining national defense information when you are not entitled to it is a serious threat to our national security,” U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said in a statement.
“The Cold War may be over, but spies trying to steal our nation’s most valuable secrets are still at it,” said George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI’s field office in Miami.