50 U.S. Code § 3121 - Protection of identities of certain United States undercover intelligence officers, agents, informants, and sources

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(a) Disclosure of information by persons having or having had access to classified information that identifies covert agent
Whoever, having or having had authorized access to classified information that identifies a covert agent, intentionally discloses any information identifying such covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such covert agent and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such covert agent’s intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.
(b) Disclosure of information by persons who learn identity of covert agents as result of having access to classified information
Whoever, as a result of having authorized access to classified information, learns the identify of a covert agent and intentionally discloses any information identifying such covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such covert agent and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such covert agent’s intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
(c) Disclosure of information by persons in course of pattern of activities intended to identify and expose covert agents
Whoever, in the course of a pattern of activities intended to identify and expose covert agents and with reason to believe that such activities would impair or impede the foreign intelligence activities of the United States, discloses any information that identifies an individual as a covert agent to any individual not authorized to receive classified information, knowing that the information disclosed so identifies such individual and that the United States is taking affirmative measures to conceal such individual’s classified intelligence relationship to the United States, shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
(d) Imposition of consecutive sentences
A term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be consecutive to any other sentence of imprisonment.

Source

(July 26, 1947, ch. 343, title VI, § 601, as added Pub. L. 97–200, § 2(a),June 23, 1982, 96 Stat. 122; amended Pub. L. 106–120, title III, § 304(b),Dec. 3, 1999, 113 Stat. 1611; Pub. L. 111–259, title III, § 363(a),Oct. 7, 2010, 124 Stat. 2701.)
Codification

Section was formerly classified to section 421 of this title prior to editorial reclassification and renumbering as this section.
Amendments

2010—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 111–259, § 363(a)(1), substituted “15 years” for “ten years”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 111–259, § 363(a)(2), substituted “10 years” for “five years”.
1999—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 106–120, § 304(b)(2)(A), substituted “shall be fined under title 18” for “shall be fined not more than $50,000”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 106–120, § 304(b)(2)(B), substituted “shall be fined under title 18” for “shall be fined not more than $25,000”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 106–120, § 304(b)(2)(C), substituted “shall be fined under title 18” for “shall be fined not more than $15,000”.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 106–120, § 304(b)(1), added subsec. (d).

 

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