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Smuggling state secrets to Russia

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter -- Martin Luther King

See also: Smuggling classified secret cyber documents to Russia

Internationally, the United States is the most violent country in the world. The only superpower standing against America is Russia.

My Name is Travis Lee Bailey. In September 2018 I smuggled two flash drives to Russia full of state secrets.

On May 7, 2018 I was put on administrative leave with State of Utah The Department of Technology Services. Lee Davidson of the Salt Lake Tribune wrote a story about this on May 8, originally entitled "A would be spy got a job at Utah government agency to find and send documents to Russia" (The original name of the article is still in the title and found here) and a follow up story found here. The State of Utah and the Salt Lake Tribune were never told and were ignorant of the two flash drives I created.

The picture that those in power present - the state of Utah and Lee Davidson of the Salt Lake Tribune, is ultimately one of self-interest and corruption, of keeping the status quo no matter how inept. I have a different story, which I will share here.

In front of the Kremlin with two USB drives smuggled out of the United States. The USB drives contain extensive information about the State of Utah inner workings.

Russian temporary refuge from the United States, the first step towards Political Asylum

Utah State employee - Todd Barry - Support Services Coordinator -with Russian hat from Moscow.

Employment at the State of Utah

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. — Martin Luther King

On April 16, 2018 I started work at the Department of Technological Services located immediately behind the Utah State capital. I had already purchased tickets to go to Moscow, Russia to find out the progress of going to a master program there to receive a fourth degree/diploma.
It was very clear immediately that the security in Department of Technological Services (DTS) was a complete joke. You do not have to be a director of the DTS to see this. I worked with the Federal Government for 6 years and I was appalled with the undue complexity at DTS.

I was on vacation to Russia from Saturday April 28 - Wednesday May 3. I had four close colleagues that I met with. As always, I left Russia more confused then sure of what these Russians really want from me. Anyone that has spent anytime in Moscow knows that to use the title of the incredible book, "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible"

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, after I returned, there was a big Cinco De Mayo party. During the party I spoke with two of my colleagues in Russia over Whatsapp and sent them pictures of where I was working. One contact really showed an interest in visiting me in Utah. I won't discuss these Russian colleagues any further here as I don't want to jeopardize my opportunity to stay in Russia.[1]

On Friday, May 4, 2018 the office was empty. I sent several documents to Russia via email, on both my phone, using State guest wifi and on my state computer.

On Monday, May 7, 2018 I came into the office at 8 am and overheard Todd Barry with HR director Kris Hanon (sp?) and one of the IT gentlemen discussing a email FOB for me (a USB stick), because they realized what I had done on Friday. Kris used the word "termination" to Todd Barry. I checked my e-mail, a work order for termination had accidentally been sent to my email. I thought it looks like I wont be here at the state of Utah for my Russian colleague to visit, so I started emailing documents to my Russian colleagues. I had access to so many documents, but I stopped short of sending the most sensitive documents through my work computer and instead downloaded most of the information onto two USBs. I was friends with a former reporter, who connected me to Lee Davidson. I stepped away from my desk and called Lee Davidson and told him I had a story. I then went back to my desk until 5 pm. At 5 pm, Todd Barry called me into the office. I was put on administrative leave.

Some crucial points:

I have never claimed to be a spy. The correct term, which I told Lee Davidson, was "useful idiot" (Полезный идиот). I spent years in the inept peace movement in Washington DC, and that is a fitting term for those who try to change foreign policy in Washington, DC.

I am on my second year studying the FSB (KGB) in Moscow, and "useful idiot" is a fitting term for anyone trying to understand Russian intelligence working outside of an intelligence agency such as me.

In political jargon, a useful idiot is a derogatory term for a person perceived as a propagandist for a cause the goals of which they are not fully aware and who is used cynically by the leaders of the cause. The term was originally used to describe non-Communists regarded as susceptible to Communist propaganda and manipulation. The term has often been attributed to Vladimir Lenin, but this attribution is controversial.

  1. The United States is the most violent country internationally in the world and all Americans are culpable. That is why I returned to Russia because I have a real voice here.
  2. The security at the Department of Technology Services is appalling.
  3. I only shared a very small fraction of the material that I had acquired.
  4. What I was doing in the State of Utah was not for Americans. I knew the reaction I would get from Americans before I did it. I did it to show my dedication to help Russia and in the hopes others, with even more sensitive data would take my idea and do the same thing.
  5. Lee Davidson of the Salt Lake Tribune was ignorant of the Russia cyber threat to the capital and about Russia in general. With 40% employment cuts at the Tribune this month, Salt Lake Tribune employees are worried about their future employment. Davidson gave me less than two hours to quickly compile what had happened, including deep context, before he wrote his first article. He completely ignored my political statement in the second article.
  6. The Department of Technology Services initially lied to reporter Lee Davidson. Only when I provided a recording of my dismal from the job did Davidson change his opinion of the story.
  7. When I called the Department of Technology Services and complained about the lie, Davidson changed the title of the story from "Would be spy" to "Wannabe spy"
  8. As I was sending this electronic material to Russia on Monday 7, 2018 at 1:15 pm MST I was accepted to the Masters degree program in the fall of 2018, which I accepted. 1:15 pm MST is 10:15 pm Moscow time - well outside of normal working business hours.[2]
  9. Later in the month, my legal shield lawyer warned me in detail over the telephone about being put into a black site and the constitutional protections that I would not have.
  10. Later in the month, my pastor warned me that the clergy privilege could be waived if it was a matter of national security.
  11. Another lawyer warned me that I could be on the no-fly list.
  12. The documents I brought over to Moscow was the bases of my pending refugee status.

All of the conversations I describe here were recorded legally on my telephone.[3] Full recorded telephone conversations added later

Salt Lake Tribune first story is written

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[Lee Davidson gave me a 2 hour deadline to compile my story before he went to press - recorded phone call upcoming]

The MICE acronym describes the typical motivations of spies who betray their counties is:

  • Money,
  • ideology,
  • compromise,
  • ego.[4]

Again, I never called myself a spy.

Salt Lake Tribune second story is written

When Davidson called me for a comment for the story on Monday, May 21, 2018 for a quote, this is what I said:

Recording forthcoming

Americans are willfully naive of the world and country they live in.

They see their government as benevolent and what the US does overseas as a force for good.

The reality is our government spies on us domestically and is the most violent country in the world internationally.

I am a "useful idiot" and nothing more. I never claimed to be anything >>but.<<

The department of technology services a technological goldmine for Russia.

Pick up any newspaper and read how Russian trolls are attacking state legislatures.

On my second day, the State of Utah (DTS) director acknowledged in a confidential meeting there are a billion attempts to get into their system every month.

Russia requires that all US companies have servers in Russia, anything I send to Russia the FSB receives. Recording from expert is forthcoming

Friday I sent documents to Russia, Monday the State of Utah required that I get a security FOB because I was fast tracked and they hadn't done basic security protocols.

The State of Utah is predominantly run by elderly men. The State of Utah needs a shake up like IBM. The structure is archaic and overly burdensome. You don't have to be the director to see this.

I lived in the former Soviet Union for 4 years. I understand Russia better than a vast majority of Americans.

I understand as a "useful idiot" what Russia wants and how I can be valuable to them.

Imagine if those troll Facebook messages where in perfect English? I am willing to help Russia because the United States is the most violent country in the world.

Martin Luther King Jr. said:

The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own government. I cannot be silent.

None of this was added to the second article.



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[Web Link to article on all Americans requiring Servers in Russia]

[Bruce recorded conversation - servers in Russia pick up anything that is sent to Russia]

[Web Link to article about Russians attacking states in the lead up to 2018 election]

[Explanation about how important any of this internal data is to Russians - relate this to the Facebook Troll campaign and the grammar mistakes and misspellings. With my level of English (lawyer), I found out that I was teaching CEOs and high level attorneys, two in particular who were not who they seemed.]


  1. I won't discuss these Russian colleagues any further here as I don't want to jeopardize my opportunity to stay in Russia. With eight years in DC and a year in Moscow, I know that no one comes out and says "Hi! I am working for the (FSB/KGB/CIA)" in America or Russia. I never claimed to be a spy to the Salt Lake Tribune. As an outsider in Russia you have to start to pick up on the subtle cues and read a lot to even hazard a guess of who someone is or isn't - and even then you maybe wrong. I only once had a bitter and angry woman in DC say they were former CIA.
  2. Regarding being accepted to the masters degree program. The email was not in grammatically correct English, even though the person's e-mail was an American. Lee Davidson carefully asked about this on Tuesday, May 22, even though I had never personally sent him the acceptance e-mail.
  3. Since Utah is a one party consent state, all of the phone calls to Davidson and the State of Utah and all of the meetings with the State of Utah were legally recorded.
  4. Madinger, John. 1999. Confidential Informant: Law Enforcement's Most Valuable Tool. p. 58.