A West Virginia woman was charged with mishandling top-secret government documents — which she stashed in a storage unit and then fled to Mexico in a separate kidnapping case, according to prosecutors.
Elizabeth Jo Shirley was accused in court papers last week of keeping the documents “relating to the national defense,” without authorization between 1999 and August 2019.
Prosecutors allege Shirley was supposed to deliver the documents — which were classified at the top-secret level from the National Security Agency — to a federal officer or employee.
Instead, she kept the documents stashed in a leased storage unit, prosecutors said.
It is unclear why Shirley had the documents or where she had been previously employed.
Shirley was hit with the new charges for willful retention of national defense information while in custody for allegedly kidnapping her 6-year-old daughter in July 2019.
She was supposed to return the child to the girl’s father, the primary guardian, and his wife, but went to the airport and left the country, authorities said.
Shirley and the child were ultimately found weeks later by authorities at a hotel in Mexico City, officials said.
With Post wires
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