July 18, 2007

An FBI analyst working for the Philippine government

A former FBI intelligence analyst who worked under two vice presidents was sentenced to 10 years in prison for passing secret U.S. documents in an effort to topple the Philippine government. Leandro Aragoncillo, 48, apologized in court for his actions and said he was just trying to help bring Filipinos out of poverty. Aragoncillo worked as a military aide to vice presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney starting in the late 1990s before joining the FBI as a civilian employee at Fort Monmouth. He pleaded guilty in May 2006 to four charges. The most serious charge, conspiracy to transmit national defense information, can carry the death penalty, but under his plea agreement, Aragoncillo faced a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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