Pentagon contractor who lost security clearance for consuming medical cannabis allegedly shared classified information in ‘revenge plot’

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A former Pentagon contractor who grew frustrated after losing his security clearance for consuming legally prescribed medical cannabis has been accused of sharing classified documents, reports The Daily Beast.  Software engineer James Robert Schweitzer, 58, allegedly shared classified national defence information over a four-year period beginning in 2016. Schweitzer has been charged with malicious mischief and destruction of government property. RELATED ARTICLES: The U.S. military is rethinking this cannabis policy U.S. Congress approves CBD use for military members Helping military veterans address PTSD focus of planned Canadian study The Daily Beast reports that the problems date back to 2010, when Schweitzer informed his employer that he had been prescribed medical cannabis. A security officer allegedly told him that his cannabis consumption would not affect his security clearance, and, for four years, that appeared to be the case.  In 2014, however, the U.S. Department of Defense told Schweitzer that his security clearance was being suspended due to his cannabis consumption. The government agency told the contractor that the security officer had provided him with bad information and in August 2014, as he continued to consume medical cannabis, Schweitzer’s clearances were revoked.  In response, he began sharing classified information, allegedly keeping documents in a publicly accessible Dropbox folder and even posting U.S. military secrets to LinkedIn.  Schweitzer is reported to have sent information to the Pentagon from 2016 to 2018, complaining about the mishandling of sensitive information, in an effort to “bait” the government into responding.  In 2018, Army investigators seized digital devices from Schweitzer’s home and found more messages detailing his apparent need for revenge against his former employer, including “a dark fantasy of committing violence against a conservative U.S. political organization (U.S. Organization 1) because it sent out so much hate into the world,” according to court documents.  “I will…

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