ABC News Report: Spy Has Been Working In Cheney's Office For Three Years
(I)t's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on November 2nd, we make the right choice. Because if we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again.
--Dick Cheney, telling the cultists last year of the dangers of a President Kerry
ABC News has broken the story in the last half-hour that a Marine has admitted to spying while working in Dick Cheney’s office for the last three years undetected.
Both the FBI and CIA are calling it the first case of espionage in the White House in modern history.
Officials tell ABC News the alleged spy worked undetected at the White House for almost three years. Leandro Aragoncillo, 46, was a U.S. Marine most recently assigned to the staff of Vice President Dick Cheney.
"I don't know of a case where the vetting broke down before and resulted in a spy being in the White House," said Richard Clarke, a former White House advisor who is now an ABC News consultant.
Federal investigators say Aragoncillo, a naturalized citizen from the Philippines, used his top secret clearance to steal classified intelligence documents from White House computers.
Last year, after leaving the Marines, Aragoncillo was caught by the FBI while he worked for the Bureau at an intelligence center at Fort Monmouth, N.J.
According to a criminal complaint, Aragoncillo was arrested last month and accused of downloading more than 100 classified documents from FBI computers.
"The information was transferred mostly by e-mails," said U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie at the time of Aragoncillo's arrest. Since that arrest, officials say Aragoncillo has started to cooperate. He has admitted to spying while working on the staff of Vice President Cheney's office.
So let me get this straight; the guy who told us that we would be at risk if John Kerry was elected has had a spy working under his nose for three years.
The White House that let a gay prostitute work the press room has now allowed a spy to work unimpeded for three years going through Cheney's office and all that goes through there.
And we were told that we had to give up some of our rights and privacy with the Patriot Act to fight terrorists, yet this same crew can't even secure the White House?
No wonder Osama is still running free and the Iranians knew everything we did about Iraq.
Update: Thanks to commenter Jillian, note that the story about the Marine was known almost a month ago. Yet the new wrinkle may be the fact that he worked in Cheney's office for three years. The original stories only talked about the passage of classified information to the Phillipines, without stating that Aragoncillo worked inside the White House in Cheney's office.
So, as Jillian asks, what other shoe is about to drop?