U.s. in­tel­li­gence an­a­lyst ar­rested

Ac­cused of leak­ing info to jour­nal­ists

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - SARAH N. LYNCH AND ANDY SUL­LI­VAN Reuters

WASH­ING­TON — A coun­tert­er­ror­ism an­a­lyst with the U.S. De­fense In­tel­li­gence Agency was ar­rested Wed­nes­day over charges he leaked clas­si­fied ma­te­ri­als about a for­eign coun­try’s weapons sys­tem to two jour­nal­ists in 2018 and 2019, the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment said in fed­eral court fil­ings on Wed­nes­day.

In­for­ma­tion that 30-year-old Henry Kyle Frese passed to the jour­nal­ists ap­peared in at least eight dif­fer­ent news sto­ries, the Jus­tice Depart­ment al­leged in an in­dict­ment un­sealed in the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the East­ern Dis­trict of Vir­ginia.

The two re­porters to whom he leaked in­for­ma­tion were col­leagues, and one of them was ap­par­ently ro­man­ti­cally in­volved with Frese, the FBI said in court fil­ings.

Those news sto­ries re­lied on five sep­a­rate in­tel­li­gence reports is­sued be­tween March and June 2018.

This marks the sixth fed­eral case in­volv­ing leaks of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion in a lit­tle over two years. A crack­down on leak­ing was ini­ti­ated by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2017 and led by then-at­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions.

Dur­ing the course of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the FBI learned that Frese was a fol­lower on one of the re­porter’s pub­lic Twit­ter feeds, and that Frese shared a res­i­den­tial ad­dress with the jour­nal­ist from Au­gust 2017 through Au­gust 2018.

The re­porter with whom he lived is re­ferred to in court records as “Jour­nal­ist 1.”

“It ap­pears that they were in­volved in a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship for some or all of that pe­riod of time,” the FBI agent wrote in a sworn state­ment.

The Jus­tice Depart­ment did not iden­tify the two jour­nal­ists to whom he al­legedly leaked or their news out­lets, but said they worked for two sep­a­rate out­lets owned by the same par­ent com­pany.

Pub­lic Twit­ter mes­sages ref­er­enced in the court fil­ings in­di­cate that Jour­nal­ist 1 is Amanda Ma­cias, a na­tional se­cu­rity re­porter for CNBC.

The fil­ings also ref­er­ence pub­lic Twit­ter mes­sages that in­di­cate Jour­nal­ist 2 is Court­ney Kube, a na­tional se­cu­rity cor­re­spon­dent for NBC.

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