State And Justice Department Worker From Maryland Is Charged With Espionage

  • A Maryland man who worked as a contractor for the State Department and Justice Department is now facing an espionage charge after allegedly using his “top secret” security clearance to funnel information to a foreign intelligence official.
  • The Justice Department announced Thursday that Abraham Lemma, a 50-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen of Ethiopian descent living in Silver Spring, has been charged stemming from his alleged actions while working as a State Department IT administrator and management analyst for the Justice Department.
  • “In these communications, Lemma expressed an interest and willingness to assist the foreign official in providing information,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
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