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    Air Force Intel Officer Had Hundreds of Classified and Secret Files at His Florida Home

    Air Force Intel Officer Had Hundreds of Classified and Secret Files at His Florida Home

    A retired intelligence officer accepted a plea deal with federal prosecutors last year admitting to illegally possessing hundreds of top secret and classified documents, according to court records filed Friday.

    Lt. Col. Robert Birchum, whose career stretched from 1986 to 2018, worked in various jobs in intelligence and served as chief of combat intelligence “for a certain Air Force group,” according to court documents. Prior to his retirement, he also worked with classified intelligence information at Special Operations Command, Special Operations Command and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

    But on Jan. 24, 2017, the year before his retirement, the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations received information that Birchum had been storing classified information on a thumb drive at his home in Tampa, Florida, the plea deal details. Investigators raided his home that same day, seizing the thumb drive, a computer, a hard drive and numerous paper documents.

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    The revelation about the retired Air Force officer's plea deal comes amid intense public interest in the handling of sensitive information as federal investigators probe President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence's possession of classified material.

    Birchum's attorney, Christopher Eric Roper, a former Navy judge…

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