Ex-National Security Agency  Employee' Arrested For Spying
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An ex-National Security Agency(NSA) employee has been arrested for trying to sell classified information to a foreign spy, who actually was an undercover agent working for the FBI.

Jareh Sebastian Dalke was employed with the NSA for less than a month. He was employed from June 6, 2022, to July 1, 2022, as an information systems security designer on a temporary assignment in  Washington D.C.

The defendant held a Secret security clearance from about 2015 to 2018 and a Top Secret security clearance at the NSA.

Last year, a former employee at the CIA allegedly passed these three classified documents he had obtained on to a foreign government agent.

The data that Dalke allegedly shared includes a video, photos and blueprints of the K-159 Submarine in question.

The FBI arrested Jareh Sebastian Dalke for dishonest behaviour on September 28.

Dalke had a conversation with an individual who made it appear as if he was in contact with a foreign government. They talked about information that the individual stole from the U.S. and information on what the U.S. does in response to cyberattacks

For a fee, Dalke will provide documents that are classified at the Secret and Top Secret levels.

He offered some snippets related to the NSA’s plans to update an unspecified cryptographic program as well as threat assessments related to sensitive U.S. defence capabilities and the foreign government’s offensive capabilities.

On the 26th, Dalke requested $85,000 in return for information. The FBI met with him in a public location and created a secure connection. He then connected with them, leading to his capture.

The Department of Justice is not revealing the name of the foreign government, but there are indications that it may be Russia.

It’s worth noting that Russia also created their own whistleblower system. Unlike SecureDrop, this is accessible via the dark web and runs by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.

Dalke’s email communications with the agent suggest he was motivated by the fact his “heritage ties back to your country” and that he had “questioned our role in damage to the world in the past.”

Dalke has been charged with three violations of the Espionage Act. He was arrested just days after Edward Snowden, an ex-US intelligence contractor and a whistleblower, received Russian citizenship amid espionage charges related to his release of classified surveillance programs run by the NSA.

The researchers at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto revealed a “fatal” security flaw in the websites the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used. These were easily hacked and compromised. This led to the arrest and execution of covert informants in China and Iran.

The now-defunct communication method caused a pop up read to appear on top of legitimate major news websites when one inputted the appropriate password.

A US-based lab was able to map a network of over 885 websites using only iraniangoals.com and publicly available material from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. This task could have been done by an “amateur sleuth”.

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