David Sheldon Boone Spy Case


Arrested in October 1998, former National Security Agency (NSA) analyst and retired U.S. Army sergeant David Boone pleaded guilty in December 1998 to conspiracy to commit espionage for the former Soviet KGB. In February 1999, he was sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison.

Materials arranged chronologically.

Risen, James. "Spy Agencies' Ex-Analyst Charged With Selling Secrets to Soviets." New York Times, 14 Oct. 1998. []

A former NSA analyst was charged on 13 October 1998 with spying for the former Soviet Union. "David Sheldon Boone, a 46-year-old former enlisted man who worked for both Army intelligence and the NSA during his 21-year Army career, was arrested by FBI agents on [10 October 1998] .... The government charged that from 1988 until 1991, Boone passed top secret documents to a KGB officer ... revealing, among other things, what the United States knew about the capabilities of Soviet tactical nuclear weapons. In return, he was paid more than $60,000 by the KGB, the government said." See also, Sylvia Moreno and Vernon Loeb, "Ex-Army Cryptologist Accused of Spying: FBI Says He Sold Secrets to Soviets," Washington Post, 14 Oct. 1998, B1.

Diamond, John. "Ex-Pentagon Analyst Indicted on Spy Charges." Associated Press, 6 Nov. 1998. []

On 5 November 1998, a grand jury in Alexandria, VA, indicted former NSA analyst David Sheldon Boone on charges of spying for the KGB.

Associated Press. "Trial Set for Ex-NSA Analyst." 9 Nov. 1998. []

David Sheldon Boone has waived his right to a speedy trial on espionage charges. Trial has been set for 23 February 1999; a closed pretrial hearing on classified information is scheduled for 11 January 1999.

Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Former Crypto Analyst Arrested." Dec. 1998. []

"Boone allegedly began spying for the Soviet Union in 1988 after he walked into the Soviet Embassy in Washington, D.C. and volunteered his services. In his initial meeting, Boone provided Soviet Embassy employees with a classified document he had written based on decrypted NSA intercept information. The Soviets paid Boone $300 for this document."

Masters, Brooke A. "Ex-Analyst for NSA Pleads to Espionage." Washington Post, 19 Dec. 1998, A4.

David Sheldon Boone pleaded guilty on 18 December 1998 to "selling top-secret documents to the KGB, including a comprehensive list of U.S. reconnaissance programs and a description of nuclear targets in Russia." Boone "faces between 24 and 30 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines." Sentencing has been set for 26 February 1999.

Davis, Patricia. "Ex-NSA Worker Gets 24 Years for Spying." Washington Post, 27 Feb. 1999, B2.

On 26 February 1999, David Sheldon Boone, 46, a former NSA code analyst who began spying for the Soviet Union in 1988, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Alexandria to 24 years and four months in prison.

Counterintelligence News and Developments. "Boone Pleads Guilty to Spying and Is Sentenced." Mar. 1999. []

"In his guilty plea, Boone acknowledged that between 1988 and 1991 he delivered 'highly classified documents' to agents of the KGB.... Among information Boone handed to the KGB were documents detailing US targeting of tactical nuclear weapons in case of nuclear attack by the Soviets and details of the US military's use of signals intelligence."


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