Judge Sentences Former Obama-Era CIA Contractor Who Stole Classified Data — There’s A Catch

A former CIA contractor who reportedly stole classified information from August 2006 and November 2016 has been sentenced by a federal judge to spend a mere 90 days in prison.

Back in May of 2018, Reynaldo B. Regis pleaded guilty to spending a decade doing unauthorized searches through the CIA database. He would then copy the information into a notebook and leave the premises.

Via the Justice Department in May 2018:

Reynaldo B. Regis, 53, of Fort Washington, Maryland, and a former CIA contractor, pleaded guilty today to unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials, and making material false statements to federal law enforcement officers.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick for the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the plea.

According to court documents, Regis is a former employee of a government contractor who was assigned to the CIA between August 2006 and November 2016. During his time at the CIA, Regis conducted unauthorized searches in classified databases and copied classified information into personal notebooks, which he removed from his workspace at the CIA and stored in his home without authorization. When initially interviewed by federal law enforcement, Regis lied about having done so. During a search of his home, FBI agents recovered approximately 60 notebooks containing classified information. The classified information contained in the notebooks included information relating to highly sensitive intelligence reports, disclosure of which could cause serious damage to the national security.

And, via Reuters:

During a search of his home, FBI agents uncovered 60 notebooks, which prosecutors say contained “highly sensitive intelligence reports.”

It was not immediately clear why Regis took the information, nor whether or not he intended to share it with anyone.

When law enforcement agents interviewed Regis, he denied copying the information from the classified databases.

According to the report, the Obama-era contractor faced up to five years in prison but was sentenced to just three months time.

Daily Mail has more on the verdict:

A former CIA contractor has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for unauthorized retention of classified materials.

Fifty-four-year-old Reynaldo Regis of Fort Washington, Maryland, had been seeking probation at his sentencing hearing Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.

His lawyers pointed to probationary sentences received by retired Gen. David Petraeus and former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger in their high-profile document retention cases.

Friday’s hearing shed no light on why Regis kept the notebooks, but his lawyer, Cary Citronberg, said Regis had no nefarious purpose.


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