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Ex-Nuclear Lab Worker Considers Plea Deal

Federal prosecutors have offered a plea agreement to a former Los Alamos National Laboratory contract worker who removed classified nuclear weapons information from the site, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported yesterday (see GSN, April 20).

Jessica Quintana, 23, has not been formally charged in the incident detected last October when a local police raid on her home produced three portable data storage devices and 228 sheets of paper, some of which contained classified information (see GSN, Nov. 6, 2006).

"I can confirm that a plea offer was faxed to me after hours (5:15 p.m.) on Friday, and that we are in the process of reviewing its terms," said Quintana attorney Steve Aarons in an e-mail.  "I cannot confirm the details of the plea offer until the parties have reached an agreement."

Quintana told authorities that she had taken the information home to help meet looming deadlines on a project to scan paper documents.  She no longer works at the laboratory (Andy Lenderman, The New Mexican, May 1).

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