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Posted on 10/09/2019 11:10:16 AM PDT by ransomnote
Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested on charges of leaking top secret information to reporters
A counter-terrorism analyst for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he leaked top secret and other classified information — including details of a foreign country’s weapons systems — to two reporters in 2018 and this year.
The worker, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, held top-secret clearance at the DIA, where he began as a contractor in January 2017, and eventually became a full-time employee.
One of the journalists who allegedly received secret information from Frese had apparently been involved in a romantic relationship with him, authorities said.
That reporter ended up writing at least eight articles based on at least five compromised intelligence reports leaked by Frese, according to a criminal indictment. Frese re-tweeted a link to the first article that reporter wrote based on information he had allegedly leaked to her, the indictment says.
“Frese was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers.
An indictment alleges that Frese accessed classified intelligence reports, some which were not connected to his job duties, in spring 2018 and provided top secret information about another country’s weapons systems to a journalist who lived in the same Alexandria, Virginia, residential address as Frese.
The Justice Department said that it appears that Frese and one of the reporters “were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time” in which Frese allegedly leaked the information.
“The unauthorized disclosure of TOP SECRET information could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave harm to the national security of the United States,” the Justice Department said in a press release announcing Frese’s indictment in U.S District Court in Virginia.
A week after Frese allegedly accessed one of the intelligence reports, the first journalist sent Frese a direct message on Twitter asking whether he would speak with another journalist, according to the department.
“Frese stated that he was ‘down’ to help Journalist 2 if it helped Journalist 1 because he wanted to see Journalist 1 ‘progress.’ ”
The identities of the reporters and their employers were not disclosed by authorities.
The indictment against Frese says that on Sept. 24, 2019, surveillance of Frese caught him on a cell phone call transmitting national defense information to the second reporter.
Those disclosures allegedly contained information classified as secret, “meaning that the unauthorized disclosure of the information could reasonably be expected to cause serious harm to the national security of the United States,” the department said.
Frese faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted of each of the two counts of wilful transmission of national defense information with which he was charged.
“Henry Kyle Frese was entrusted with TOP SECRET information related to the national defense of our country,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
“Frese allegedly violated that trust, the oath he swore to uphold, and is charged with engaging in dastardly and felonious conduct at the expense of our country,” Terwilliger said.
“This indictment should serve as a clear reminder to all of those similarly entrusted with National Defense Information that unilaterally disclosing such information for personal gain, or that of others, is not selfless or heroic, it is criminal.”
Somebody has to pay for Hillarys sins!
this wasn’t deep state. it was deep something-that-would-get-me-banned-if-I-said-it.
Quick, Henry Kyle Frese! Go down to the nearest county courthouse, and change your name to Henry Kyle Clinton. Oh, and wear one of those huge, tent-like dresses. That would be a nice touch.
Pillow talk? Bet she was good in bed. What a fool.
Was the reporter female?
We have handed out Security Clearances like candy, is it any wonder that we are plagued with leakers and outright spies?
The identity, even the sex, of the person with whom Henry Frese was “romantically involved” is also undisclosed.
But so did Strzok and Page. So many years working for corrupt adminstrations before Trump, they became stupid. Right now I'm wondering how many reporters are staring like deer-in-headlights because they TOO have relationships and leaks via text with the administration.
The generation this guy is a part of also has a cultural problems of dealing with “rules” & security in general.
I feel a little sorry for saying that this guy needs to be taken down HARD as an example of what can happen. I hope the so-called whistle blowers get intensely onerous and painful punishment as well.
Pillow talk? Bet she was good in bed.
You dont know if the reporter was female.
It says in the article “her”
“he leaked classified information... to two reporters in 2018 and this year”
Just goes to show that the DOJ can manage to get an indictment together, for the same kind of crimes that McCabe and Strzok committed, within a year, if they actually want to.
With him, huh?
Well, now, how gay.
Why would the reporters worry? They aren’t committing a crime by just receiving or publishing leaked information; that is covered by the 1st amendment. The leakers are the ones who could be in trouble.
So, if found guilty will this worker being going to Federal country club prison or Federal PMITA prison?
This clown should probably be shot, but I'm expecting one of these guys to raise "The Hillary Defense" - i.e. If I am being prosecuted, then why hasn't Hillary Clinton been prosecuted?
Damn! The Price he’s gonna pay for a piece of Tang and all the while illary is still walking the streets (ewww:-)
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