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Former NSA Worker Accused of Selling Secrets to Russia Will Remain Jailed

By    |   Wednesday, 12 October 2022 02:29 PM EDT

A magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that a Colorado-based former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA), who has been accused of attempting to sell classified information to Russia, will remain in prison.

Jareh Sebastian Dalke, 30, pleaded not guilty in a Denver federal court hearing Tuesday, through his lawyer.

Dalke potentially could receive a life sentence, or even the death penalty, for allegedly supplying sensitive government information to an undercover FBI agent.

At the time, Dalke apparently believed the agent worked for the Russian Federation.

Dalke was arrested Sept. 28 at a train station in downtown Denver. According to reports, he arrived with a laptop and used a secure connection set up by investigators to transfer classified documents.

Despite the not guilty plea, Magistrate Judge S. Kato Crews reportedly determined that, given the severity of the charges (three alleged violations of the Espionage Act), the stiffness of the sentencing recommendation, and the apparent sympathies to Russia, Dalke was a potential flight risk. 

As such, the bond that might have led to Dalke's temporary release was denied. 

Also, Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia K. Martinez said the government believed that Dalke, if released, would have been motivated to sell more secrets to foreign countries.

"[Dalke] knows how to make money. Sell secrets to Russia," Martinez said.

At Tuesday's hearing, Judge Crews also expressed concern about the authentic-looking, but counterfeit, badges representing various government agencies, including the NSA, allegedly found during a search of Dalke's Colorado Springs home.

David Kraut, one of Dalke's federal public defenders, argued that Dalke would have had minimal access to classified information at the NSA, since he only worked with the agency for a less than one month this summer.

Shortly after leaving the agency, citing a family illness, Dalke allegedly began talking with the undercover FBI agent, using encrypted email.

Despite the brief time with the NSA — where he worked as an information systems security designer — Dalke reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement after leaving the agency.

Also, prosecutors say Dalke reapplied to work at the NSA after exiting the agency.

According to Military.com, the indictment notice included allegations of Dalke providing a threat assessment of the United States' military offensive capabilities to an unnamed country. A similar threat assessment of the Pentagon's defensive capabilities was also provided.

Dalke, a U.S. Army veteran, allegedly told the undercover agent that he had $237,000 in debts and had decided to work with Russia because his heritage "ties back to your country."

According to The Washington Times, court documents also indicate that Dalke allegedly told the undercover FBI agent he wanted to "help balance" the world's scales.

The court filings revealed that Dalke also sent a thank-you letter — accompanying the document transfer — with an opening and closing message in Russian.

The reported message: Dalke looked "forward to our friendship and shared benefit."

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A magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that a Colorado-based former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA), who has been accused of attempting to sell classified information to Russia, will remain in prison.
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Wednesday, 12 October 2022 02:29 PM
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