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Marine Gave CIA Files To Cops, Not NYT

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Marine admits illegally passing state secrets

By Rick Rogers

June 12, 2009

CAMP PENDLETON – Marine Gunnery Sgt. Eric Froboese worked under Col. Larry Richards at a Camp Pendleton center that had access to classified documents detailing U.S. anti-terrorism efforts.

In late 2003, Froboese said, the relationship turned cloak and dagger when he helped Richards steal state secrets. Richards was a reservist who had returned to civilian law-enforcement work by then, and he allegedly shared the pilfered information about surveillance of potential terrorists with the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group.

Froboese pleaded guilty to his crime during a court session yesterday at Camp Pendleton, admitting that he delivered CIA documents to Richards on six occasions.

“I should have stopped the information from going to Col. Richards, and I should have reported” it, Froboese said.

Froboese is the latest Marine prosecuted for an intelligence breach that might have lasted for years. Some of the documents dealt with the monitoring of suspects, such as certain Arabs or Muslims, in San Diego and other parts of Southern California.

In general, regulations ban, restrict or slow the flow of such information from federal agencies to local law-enforcement groups.

The intelligence-breach case started in 2006, when Marine reservist Gary Maziarz pleaded guilty to stealing government property and giving secret documents to Richards. Maziarz spent nearly two years in the brig.

He accused other Marines of being accomplices, including Richards, a sheriff’s deputy and co-founder of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group; David Litaker, a retired Marine reserve colonel and member of the Los Angeles Police Department; Marine Maj. Mark Lowe; and Navy Cmdr. Lauren Martin.

None of these individuals has been charged.

But in a pretrial agreement announced yesterday, Froboese agreed to testify against them if they come up for trial. He also pledged to help the FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service identify additional intelligence breaches.

Froboese pleaded guilty to willful dereliction of duty, conspiracy and the mishandling of national intelligence. He faces up to 10 years in prison, but his sentencing will be delayed for nearly a year to see if he cooperates with investigators.

During his testimony yesterday, Froboese told the judge, Lt. Col. Peter Rubin, that he willingly provided Richards with classified documents between August 2003 and June 2004. The prosecution had charged Froboese with violations between June 2003 and January 2006.

He described using various means to deliver the classified information to Ricahrds.

Sometimes he drove to the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group’s headquarters in Norwalk and delivered them in person. Other times, he sent the material via fax and e-mail or relayed it during phone conversations.

Froboese said Richards used the information “to fight terrorism.”

Under questioning by Rubin, Froboese said Richards was collecting the intelligence as a member of the anti-terrorism group in Los Angeles and not as a Marine.

“Every time he left, I assumed he was taking it back to the (anti-terrorism group),” Froboese said of Richards.

“He told you that?” Rubin asked.

“Yes,” Froboese replied.

This really is outrageous.

If Sgt. Froboese had given this classified material to the New York Times instead of anti-terrorism law enforcement agents, he would be a hero.

(Thanks to Rightwinger for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Marine Gave CIA Files To Cops, Not NYT”

  1. Liberals Demise says:


    He and other Marines shared with “ANTI” terrorism groups of “LAW” enforcement agencies. It’s not like he gave this material to the enemy / democraps. That ……… would have been treason!! He didn’t bow and kiss a king or wage a open war on our Constitution …..NO!!! He helped fellow Americans defend this nation against outside hell raisers.


  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    “He faces up to 10 years in prison, but his sentencing will be delayed for nearly a year to see if he cooperates with investigators.”

    It seems as though he DID cooperate with investigators!

    The room is spinning! I gotta go lay down!

  3. platypus says:

    With all due respect to my fellow sweetness & light denizens, you all naively assume that there’s a war going on and that everybody wants to win it.

    Put down the kool-aid glass and step away from the right-wing punchbowl. We are now in the Era of Kumbuyah. Everybody loves Duh Won, doncha know?

    Keep repeating, “there is no war – islam is peace.”

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