By Sharon Gaudin
May 17, 2007
A former employee with a contractor at the Los Alamos National
Laboratory pleaded guilty this week to stealing classified information
from the lab.
Jessica Lynn Quintana faces a maximum of one year in jail and a $100,000
fine. She has lost her security clearance and also could receive up to
five years of probation.
Quintana was hired to archive classified information at the
multi-disciplinary scientific laboratory in northern New Mexico.
According to a release from the Department of Justice, she admitted in
her plea that on July 27, 2006, she was working in a secure area at the
lab and printed pages of classified documents and downloaded other
classified information onto a thumb drive. She put the stolen data in a
backpack and took them home.
Quintana told government agents that she stored the pages and thumb
drive at her home, which was outside of her authorization limits. The
government didn't release any details about why she took the
On Oct.17, officers of the Los Alamos Police Department executed a state
search warrant on Quintana's home and seized the thumb drive containing
classified information, according to the Justice Department release.
Three days later, the FBI seized the classified printouts during the
execution of a federal search warrant on her home.
She pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, N.M., on
Just last week, the government released new information about an FBI
intelligence analyst who stole classified information from the White
House and the FBI's own database for nearly four years. Leandro
Aragoncillo -- a career Marine who had served under two vice presidents
in the White House -- pleaded guilty and is awaiting his sentencing this
summer in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J.
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