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[ISN] Contractor Pleads Guilty To Stealing Classified Data From Los Alamos Labs


By Sharon Gaudin
May 17, 2007

A former employee with a contractor at the Los Alamos National 
Laboratory pleaded guilty this week to stealing classified information 
from the lab.

Jessica Lynn Quintana faces a maximum of one year in jail and a $100,000 
fine. She has lost her security clearance and also could receive up to 
five years of probation.

Quintana was hired to archive classified information at the 
multi-disciplinary scientific laboratory in northern New Mexico. 
According to a release from the Department of Justice, she admitted in 
her plea that on July 27, 2006, she was working in a secure area at the 
lab and printed pages of classified documents and downloaded other 
classified information onto a thumb drive. She put the stolen data in a 
backpack and took them home.

Quintana told government agents that she stored the pages and thumb 
drive at her home, which was outside of her authorization limits. The 
government didn't release any details about why she took the 

On Oct.17, officers of the Los Alamos Police Department executed a state 
search warrant on Quintana's home and seized the thumb drive containing 
classified information, according to the Justice Department release. 
Three days later, the FBI seized the classified printouts during the 
execution of a federal search warrant on her home.

She pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, N.M., on 
Tuesday afternoon.

Just last week, the government released new information about an FBI 
intelligence analyst who stole classified information from the White 
House and the FBI's own database for nearly four years. Leandro 
Aragoncillo -- a career Marine who had served under two vice presidents 
in the White House -- pleaded guilty and is awaiting his sentencing this 
summer in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J.

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