WV Woman Heads To Mexico Border With Secret Govt Docs, Seeks Asylum In Russia

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Sarah Shaiman

The women will face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Court filings have revealed a West Virginia woman and her daughter fled the United States to Mexico with top-secret US documents and then sought asylum in Russia, according to a Raw Story report

  • Documents shared on Twitter by NBC News 4’s Scott MacFarlane detailed both the items that the FBI seized from Elizabeth Shirley and her plan to travel to Mexico City. 
  • It is unclear at this time what documents or information were contained on the drives that were seized. 
  • She had at least one laptop, two tablets, five cell phones, three external hard drives, four thumb drives, and nine SD cards. She brought documentation verifying she worked for the US government, including in the United States Intelligence Community, for over 20 years. 


Shirley then reached out to the Russian Embassy in Mexico City to offer her skillset in exchange for asylum and a promise they wouldn’t extradite her back to the U.S. She claimed that she “would be a particular asset to Russia with [her] background.” She also said “I have an urgent need of having items shipped from the USA related to my life’s work before they are seized or destroyed. 

Shirley is facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Read the full report here. 


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