NSA Analyst Tries To Sell Secrets To Russians, Fails
FORT MEADE, MD — His financial stability rocked by furloughs, overtime cuts and stagnant promotions, NSA Senior Analyst Eric Delhugh was having trouble paying his bills. He considered himself a patriotic American but Delhugh was desperate.
He decided to sell secrets to a foreign government but was shocked to find no one was interested.
“I never imagined I would commit espionage against the United States,” Delhugh said, “but I was tired. It started with sequestration and then furloughs and then no budget. I just didn’t think it would ever end. It seemed like once a month we were preparing for another shut down.”
Sequestration pay cuts and the government shutdown pushed Delhugh to desperation.
Running out of funds, the beleaguered analyst began to drink and one night he drove to a pay phone and called the Russian Embassy. Delhugh explained the kind of intelligence he could give the Russians and how much money he wanted to be paid. He was not ready for the reaction he received.
“They laughed …
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