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Marine major at Camp Pendleton sentenced in leak of intelligence documents

May 13, 2010 |  4:22 pm

A Marine major was sentenced Thursday to a reprimand and 90 days' confinement for his role in leaking intelligence documents to civilian law enforcement.

Major Mark Lowe will also forfeit $2,000 in pay for three months under punishment meted out by a court-martial at Camp Pendleton. The sentence must be approved by Lt Gen. Keith J. Stalder.

Lowe pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer for allowing top-secret documents to be mishandled. The intelligence documents involved investigations into possible terrorist activities in Southern California.

Four other Marines were also charged.

Col. Larry Richards, a reservist, is awaiting a pretrial hearing. A gunnery sergeant is awaiting sentencing on a guilty plea; a master sergeant was sentenced to a reduction in rank and 60 days' confinement.  A second gunnery sergeant was reduced in rank to private, ordered to the brig for 26 months and given a dishonorable discharge.

The documents, possibly including CIA reports, were funneled to an anti-terrorism task force formed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, where Richards was employed.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego