Ex-NSA employee gets 14 days in jail, Background, Sentencing, and Reaction


An ex-employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) has been sentenced to 14 days in jail for storming the US Capitol with members of the white nationalist movement. The incident occurred on January 6, 2021, when supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building to overturn the results of the 2020 US presidential election.


The ex-NSA employee, whose name has not been released, was among the hundreds of people who breached the Capitol building that day. He was arrested in February 2021 and charged with multiple offenses, including disorderly conduct, obstruction of an official proceeding, and entering a restricted building without lawful authority.


On June 14, 2023, the ex-NSA employee was sentenced to 14 days in jail and two years of probation. The sentence was handed down by Judge James Boasberg of the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

During the sentencing hearing, the ex-NSA employee expressed remorse for his actions and apologized for participating in the riot. He also stated that he had been “caught up in the moment” and did not fully understand the consequences of his actions.

In addition to the jail time and probation, the ex-NSA employee was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service. He was also banned from attending any political rallies or protests for his probation.


The sentencing of the ex-NSA employee has been met with mixed reactions. Some have criticized the sentence as too lenient, arguing that the ex-NSA employee should have received a harsher punishment for his role in the riot. Others have praised the ruling as fair, noting that the ex-NSA employee had no prior criminal record and had expressed remorse for his actions.

The case stems from the January 6 riot, which resulted in the deaths of five people and caused significant damage to the Capitol building. More than 600 people have been arrested and charged in connection with the riot, with more arrests and charges expected in the coming months.

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