Ex-US intelligence operatives in UAE hacking case to cooperate with FBI to avoid prosecution
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WASHINGTON – Three former U.S. intelligence operatives, who worked as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates, agreed to pay fines of $1.685 million and cooperate with federal prosecutors to avoid trial, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.
Defendants Marc Baier, Ryan Adams, and Daniel Gericke were part of a clandestine unit named Project Raven, first reported by Reuters, that helped the United Arab Emirates spy on its enemies.
The three entered into an agreement, known as a deferred prosecution agreement, with U.S. prosecutors who accused them of conspiring to violate hacking laws, the Justice Department said in court documents filed on Tuesday.
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The three also agreed to give up foreign or U.S. security clearances and face future employment restrictions.
They agreed to "cooperate fully" and provide "full, complete, and truthful information to the FBI or any other U.S. government organization" and provide documents sought by the government.