CHAPTER TWO - OFFENSE CONDUCT


PART M - OFFENSES INVOLVING NATIONAL DEFENSE AND WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION


3.      ESPIONAGE AND RELATED OFFENSES


§2M3.4.    Losing National Defense Information

(a)       Base Offense Level:

(1)       18, if top secret information was lost; or

(2)       13, otherwise.


Commentary

Statutory Provision:  18 U.S.C. § 793(f).

Application Note

1.      See Commentary to §2M3.1.

Background:  Offenses prosecuted under this statute generally do not involve subversive conduct on behalf of a foreign power, but rather the loss of classified information by the gross negligence of an employee of the federal government or a federal contractor.

Historical Note:  Effective November 1, 1987.