A former military contractor, Christopher R. Glenn, pleaded guilty to obtaining classified national defense information under the Espionage Act and faces sentencing in April.  Glenn also pleaded guilty to one count of computer intrusion under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and one count to commit naturalization fraud.

Glenn, 34, was employed as a computer systems administrator by Harris Corporation in 2012 on the Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras.  During that time, he gained unauthorized access to national defense information that belonged to the Department of Defense and U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo.  Those files were copied and saved from the joint task force commander’s account.

“Systems administrators occupy a place of unique trust in an organization due to their extensive access to the cyber systems they maintain,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin.

Glenn will also face sentencing in his role with wife Khadraa, 28, to fabricate naturalization documents and submit false statements to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Khadraa had pleaded guilty and was sentenced in October 2014.

Sentencing for Christopher Glenn will take place on April 17, 2015 in front of a U.S. District Judge.  He faces a maximum of 25 years in prison.

“Obtaining national defense information when you are not entitled to it is a serious threat to our national security,” said U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer for the Southern District of Florida. “In committing this crime, Christopher Glenn abused his position of trust.  Violations of the espionage act and computer intrusion are unacceptable and we will continue to investigate and seek hold accountable those who engage in it.”

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Anne Kucik is a former U.S. Army Public Affairs Officer. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and son. She enjoys running, yoga and current affairs.