Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Spy In The White House?

This evening while I was going over today's news online I came across this alarming ABC News story:
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...

Federal investigators say Aragoncillo, a naturalized citizen from the Philippines, used his top secret clearance to steal classified intelligence documents from White House computers...

Officials say the classified material, which Aragoncillo stole from the vice president's office, included damaging dossiers on the president of the Philippines. He then passed those on to opposition politicians planning a coup in the Pacific nation.

"Even though it's not for the Russians or some other government, the fact that it occurred at the White House is a matter of great concern," said John Martin, who was the government's lead espionage prosecutor for 26 years.

There isn't much else out at the moment regarding the story, so we'll have to wait for more information from investigators at the White House.

But one striking aspect about this story is the fact that Aragoncillo is a naturalized citizen. There's nothing inherently wrong with that fact, but perhaps this shows that there should be more scrutiny involved in background searches of officials working in and around the top levels of government, especially if those officials are originally from other countries. Otherwise, we can expect other serious threats to national security.