Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
The term "classified information" means information which, at the time of a violation of this section, is, for reasons of national security, specifically designated by a United States Government Agency for limited or restricted dissemination or distribution;
The terms "code," "cipher," and "cryptographic system" include in their meanings, in addition to their usual meanings, any method of secret writing and any mechanical or electrical device or method used for the purpose of disguising or concealing the contents, significance, or meanings of communications;
The term "foreign government" includes in its meaning any person or persons acting or purporting to act for or on behalf of any faction, party, department, agency, bureau, or military force of or within a foreign country, or for or on behalf of any government or any person or persons purporting to act as a government within a foreign country, whether or not such government is recognized by the United States;
The term "communication intelligence" means all procedures and methods used in the interception of communications and the obtaining of information from such communications by other than the intended recipients;
The term "unauthorized person" means any person who, or agency which, is not authorized to receive information of the categories set forth in subsection (a) of this section, by the President, or by the head of a department or agency of the United States Government which is expressly designated by the President to engage in communication intelligence activities for the United States.
if not inconsistent with this subsection.
1 See References in Text note below.
18 U.S.C. § 798
REFERENCES IN TEXTSection 1402 of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, referred to in subsec. (d)(4), is section 1402 of chapter XIV of title II of Pub. L. 98-473 which was classified to section 10601 of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare, prior to editorial reclassification as section 20101 of Title 34, Crime Control and Law Enforcement.
CODIFICATIONAnother section 798 was renumbered section 798A of this title.
AMENDMENTS1996-Subsec. (d)(5). Pub. L. 104-294 struck out "the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands," after "Puerto Rico,".1994-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103-322 substituted "fined under this title" for "fined not more than $10,000" in concluding provisions.Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 103-359 added subsec. (d).