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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Spy In The White House

WASHINGTON Oct 6, 2005 — The FBI is investigating whether a former Marine took classified information from the White House when he worked in the vice president's office and passed it to Filipino officials, U.S. government officials said Wednesday.

Leandro Aragoncillo, 46, a 21-year Marine veteran who became an FBI intelligence analyst last year, already has been charged in New Jersey with passing classified information about Filipino leaders to current and former officials of that nation.

And ...

"I don't know of a case where the vetting broke down before and resulted in a spy being in the White House," said Richard Clarke, a former White House advisor who is now an ABC News consultant.

Federal investigators say Aragoncillo, a naturalized citizen from the Philippines, used his top secret clearance to steal classified intelligence documents from White House computers.

In 2000, Aragoncillo worked on the staff of then-Vice President Al Gore. When interviewed by Philippine television, he remarked how valued Philippine employees were at the White House.

"I think what they like most is our integrity and loyalty," Aragoncillo said.


Well ... I guess you were still being loyal to Al Gore ?


Update:

Michelle has the goods that this guy wasn't acting alone. Seems another Filipino arrested with Aragoncillo last month ... Michael Ray Aquino.

The U.S. may also be seeking extradition of 3 politicians from the Phillipines in connection to the case.

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