David Sheldon Boone
is a former U.S. Army signals analyst
who worked for the National Security Agency
and was convicted
-related charges in 1999 related to his sale of secret documents to the Soviet Union
from 1988 to 1991. He is currently serving a prison sentence
of 24 years and four months. Boone's case was an example of a late Cold War U.S. government security breach
Boone had worked for the NSA for three years before being reassigned to Augsburg
, Germany, in 1988. He served in Vietnam from 1971–1972 and retired from the Army, as a Sergeant First Class, in 1991.
Turn to espionage
In October 1988, the same month that he separated from his wife and children, Boone walked into the Soviet embassy in Washington, D.C.
and offered his services. According to an FBI counterintelligence
, Boone was under "severe financial and personal difficulties" when he began spying. His former wife had garnished his Army sergeant's
pay, leaving him with only $250 a month.
According to the federal complaint, Boone met with his handler
about four times a year from late 1988 until June 1990, when his access to classified information was suspended because of "his lack of personal and professional responsibility
." He held a Top Secret clearance from 1971 and gained access to SCI
information in 1976. He is alleged to have received payments totaling more than $60,000 from the......