Prose­cu­tors: FBI agent leaked info in trad­ing case to me­dia

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Fed­eral prose­cu­tors say an FBI agent has ac­knowl­edged leak­ing confidential in­for­ma­tion to re­porters about an in­sider trad­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing a pro­fes­sional gam­bler.

The US at­tor­ney in New York told a fed­eral judge Fri­day that the un­named agent con­fessed to be­ing a source for The Wall Street Jour­nal and The New York Times re­gard­ing Las Ve­gas gam­bler Wil­liam Wal­ters. Wal­ters had asked the judge to de­ter­mine the source of the leaks. The let­ter from US At­tor­ney Preet Bharara says the mat­ter has been re­ferred to over­sight of­fices in the US Jus­tice Depart­ment and the FBI.

Wal­ters has pleaded not guilty to charges he made mil­lions of dol­lars in il­licit stock trades, in­clud­ing one in­volv­ing golfer Phil Mick­el­son. Mick­el­son was spared crim­i­nal charges and agreed to re­pay the money.

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