Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio – During an investigation related to a marijuana grow operation on May 25, 2019, the Fairborn City Police Department discovered about 1,000 pages of what appeared to be classified documents. The FBI is now investigating.
“This case is particularly concerning given the intelligence mission, with implications across U.S. security apparatus not just housed at the base.” Graham Brookie, a former U.S. government advisor on homeland security and counterterrorism
Izaak Vincent Kemp was arrested for the marijuana grow op, but as not yet been charged for the possession of classified documents. He is a contractor at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, currently under the Command of Col. Mary-Kathryn Haddad. NASIC is charged with analyzing intelligence on foreign intelligence on cyber and space threats. He reportedly admitted to printing the documents and took them home, but his intent has not been made public, if it is known.
Thomas Brewster at Forbes first reported the situation:
The files, many of which were marked ‘TOP SECRET,’ were uncovered by the Fairborn City Police Department on May 25, the FBI wrote in its search warrant application. Officers came upon the files as they were investigating an alleged “marijuana growing facility” believed to have been located at the home of the suspect, Izaak Vincent Kemp, according to the warrant. The police did find marijuana, but the case was escalated to the FBI after the discovery of the classified papers, the warrant revealed.
The documents should have had especially strong safeguards from leaking as they were marked as being protected by “Special Access Programs.” Such files are deemed so sensitive they require additional security beyond what’s normally provided for classified files and should only be stored in segregated, highly protected environments.
The Air Force said the contractor was never authorized to remove the classified documents from the NASIC “and would have had to make a concerted effort to bypass security checkpoints” when taking them home, the search warrant read. The government did not reveal just what was contained in the files.
The information in files related to “Top Secret Access Programs” was not delineated and no one was commenting since Kemp has not yet been charged for taking them. Even the Fairborn Police Department had no comment when ABC reached out to them.
Because he had to bypass the “security checkpoints” at Wright-Patterson AFB, there was likely some nefarious intent, possibly to sell the documents. Stay tuned.
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