A former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) worker pleaded responsible in federal court docket on Thursday to leaking categorized intelligence info to 2 reporters.
Henry Kyle Frese, 31, of Alexandria, Va., was a counterterrorism analyst from February 2018 to October 2019 and held top-secret safety clearance.
Between the spring and summer time of 2018, a reporter revealed eight articles containing categorized info associated to the capabilities of sure overseas international locations’ weapons techniques, in accordance with court docket paperwork cited in a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
These articles contained info from 5 categorized intelligence stories made obtainable to appropriately cleared recipients within the first half of 2018.
The subject of all the stories was exterior the scope of Frese’s job duties as an analyst protecting counterterrorism, the DOJ stated. The reporter’s articles contained info derived from the categorized intelligence stories, indicating that it had been illegally disclosed and risked damaging nationwide safety.
In keeping with court docket paperwork, Frese and the reporter lived collectively from January 2018 to November 2018. Round April 2018, the reporter launched Frese to a different reporter, whom he started texting and talking with by phone, in accordance with the DOJ.
Between mid-2018 and late September 2019, Frese orally transmitted categorized info to the primary reporter on at the very least 16 separate events, the Justice Division stated.
Frese reportedly knew the knowledge was categorized at top-secret ranges as a result of the intelligence paperwork from which he had discovered the knowledge had seen markings indicating their categorized stage. The paperwork he accessed had been additionally saved on safe, categorized authorities info techniques, in accordance with the DOJ.
On at the very least 30 separate events in 2018, Frese performed searches on categorized authorities techniques for info relating to the categorized matters he had mentioned with each reporters. On a number of events in 2018 and 2019, Frese performed searches on categorized authorities techniques due to particular requests for info.
“Frese violated the trust placed in him by the American people when he disclosed sensitive national security information for personal gain,” stated Assistant Legal professional Normal for Nationwide Safety John Demers. “He alerted our nation’s adversaries to delicate nationwide protection info, placing the nation’s safety in danger.”
Frese pleaded responsible to the willful transmission of top-secret nationwide protection info. He faces a most penalty of 10 years in jail when sentenced in June.