Two Indicted in Theft of State Department Documents
WASHINGTON (AP) _ A State Department secretary and a West African journalist are under indictment for conspiring to steal classified diplomatic cables concerning African politics.
The grand jury charges were returned Tuesday.
Geneva Jones, who held a ″top secret″ security clearance, and Dominic Ntube, are accused of conspiring to deliver national defense secrets to unauthorized persons, an espionage offense that carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
The indictment charged that the conspiracy, which involved other unidentified people, lasted from June 1991 through the arrest of Jones and Ntube on Aug 3.
Agents found thousands of classified cables and 39 CIA documents stamped ″secret″ in Ntube’s apartment when they arrested him, the FBI said in court papers.
At the time of the arrests, FBI agents said they had uncovered evidence that Ntube had faxed documents to Liberian rebel leader Charles Taylor.
At his arraignment last month, Ntube described himself as a freelance journalist. Jones, who earned $28,000 a year at the State Department, was charged with 21 counts of theft of government property and an additional count of transmitting defense information.