American arrested for attempting to spy for Russia

The US Department of Justice has arrested a former protection contractor on legal costs associated to alleged espionage makes an attempt after he despatched labeled info to an FBI worker posing as a Russian agent.

John Murray Rowe Jr., who now faces life in jail, was employed for nearly 40 years as a check engineer for a number of cleared protection contractors and held safety clearances as excessive as ‘Top Secret.’

According to the DOJ, which revealed a press launch on Thursday, Rowe was fired from his job after “committing a number of security violations and revealing a fervent interest in Russian affairs,” resulting in him being recognized as a “potential insider threat.”

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Following his elimination in 2018, the FBI started an undercover operation to find out Rowe’s willingness to speak labeled info.

In March final yr, Rowe met with an FBI worker who posed as a Russian authorities agent. Over the following eight months, the engineer spoke back-and-forth with the ‘Russian agent,’ divulging data about America’s nationwide safety and disclosing labeled nationwide protection details about US navy fighter jets.

“In one email, Rowe explained, ‘If I can’t get a job here, then I’ll go work for the other team,’” the assertion reads.

According to the revealed affidavit, Rowe additionally expressed an curiosity in transferring to Russia and acquiring Russian citizenship.

Rowe was arrested on Wednesday and is charged with making an attempt to speak nationwide protection info to assist a international authorities. There is not any suggestion that he truly made contact with Moscow.

Earlier this yr, one other American man was jailed for 15 years for spying for Russia. Peter Debbins, a former US Army Green Beret, allegedly labored for Moscow from December 1996 to January 2011.


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