Smuggling state secrets to Russia
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter -- Martin Luther King
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.
Employment at the State of Utah
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.
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.
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.
All of the conversations I describe here were recorded legally on my telephone. Full recorded telephone conversations added later
Salt Lake Tribune first story is written
[Lee Davidson gave me a 2 hour deadline to compile my story before he went to press - recorded phone call upcoming]
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:
None of this was added to the second article.