U.s. intelligence analyst arrested
Accused of leaking info to journalists
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.