Q: This is on a federal level. Is it legal in the United States to steal information from foreign governments?

I was considering a more lucrative line of work but I wanted to 'look before I leap', so to speak, so I don't end up committing a crime or something.

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • International Law Lawyer
  • Potomac, MD

A: I need much more information to answer your question, but countries have been stealing from other countries at least since Queen Elizabeth I issued letters of marque to Sir Francis Drake. Since those letters of marque, few countries have admitted giving a license to steal, and the US is a signatory of treaties that prohibit stealing and provide for international enforcement. A consult under the protection of attorney client privilege seems to be in order here, i.e., don't answer in a public forum like Justia.com.

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