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W. Virginia Woman Selling Top-Secret Government Documents Flees to Mexico Asks Russia For Asylum

Strange stories are popping like corn today. Here’s another one. Shirley faces up to 10 years in federal prison when she is sentenced in federal court in Martinsburg, likely later this year https://t.co/5RLRen3S9n — Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 6, 2020 If you need a bigger picture of the text, here it is. Associated Press via WFMJ: CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who previously served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday in announcing her conviction in federal court. Elizabeth Jo Shirley pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to one count each of willful retention of national defense information and international parental kidnapping, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release. Shirley, 47, of Hedgesville, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the national security charge and up to three years and a $250,000 fine on the kidnapping charge. The statement did not say whether a sentencing date was set in federal court in Martinsburg. […] Shirley was arrested last August at a hotel in Mexico City and the girl was returned to her father. Authorities said the NSA document was located that month in a storage locker in Martinsburg, while messages Shirley had drafted to Russian government officials along with other classified information were found on her electronic devices. “Given Shirley’s troubling conduct after fleeing the United States, the damage to national security could have been far greater had law enforcement not acted swiftly,” said John C. Demers, an assistant attorney general for national security. “Shirley will now be held accountable for betraying the trust of the American people.” Russia seems to have a lot of operatives in our government, not just the big orange one in the Oval Office. As Anthony Scaramucci was wont to misquote, “The fish smells from the head down.”  

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