Federal and local investigations are under way into allegations by a Marine gunnery sergeant that he gave stolen top-secret antiterrorism files to a Los Angeles police officer and an L.A. County sheriff’s detective, reports the Los Angeles Times. Authorities said the probes by the FBI, LAPD internal affairs and Naval Criminal Investigative Service come after Gunnery Sgt. Gary Maziarz testified during a court-martial in July that he gave classified military intelligence to several people. Maziarz was accused ofly taking classified files from Camp Pendleton and the U.S. Northern Command, which tracks domestic terrorism activity. He pleaded guilty to mishandling more than 100 classified documents and passing them to at least four individuals.
He said that L.A. County Sheriff’s Det. Larry Richards, a department counterterrorism specialist and Marine reserve colonel, “recruited” him to collect classified documents at Camp Pendleton and pass them to him and others, according to military sources. The testimony was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune. The investigation has stunned many in the intelligence community because of the scope of the security breach and questions about a possible motive. Sources believe that much of the intelligence in the case would have eventually made its way to local law enforcement.