TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 93 - PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
Sec. 1924. Unauthorized removal and retention of classified
documents or material
(a) Whoever, being an officer, employee, contractor, or
consultant of the United States, and, by virtue of his office,
employment, position, or contract, becomes possessed of documents
or materials containing classified information of the United
States, knowingly removes such documents or materials without
authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials
at an unauthorized location shall be fined under this title or
imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
(b) For purposes of this section, the provision of documents and
materials to the Congress shall not constitute an offense under
(c) In this section, the term "classified information of the
United States" means information originated, owned, or possessed by
the United States Government concerning the national defense or
foreign relations of the United States that has been determined
pursuant to law or Executive order to require protection against
unauthorized disclosure in the interests of national security.
(Added Pub. L. 103-359, title VIII, Sec. 808(a), Oct. 14, 1994, 108
Stat. 3453; amended Pub. L. 107-273, div. B, title IV, Sec.
4002(d)(1)(C)(i), Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1809.)
2002 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107-273 substituted "under this
title" for "not more than $1,000,".
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