A U.S. intelligence officer has been arrested and charged with leaking secret information to media journalists.
Henry Kyle Frese, 30, a counterintelligence analyst from Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested, and charged with divulging top secret info to two journalists in 2018 and this year, the New York Post reported.
Frese was indicted on Tuesday on two counts of willful transmission of national defense information to persons not entitled to receive it.
“Frese was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain,” said John C. Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, who cited ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vow to pursue leakers as the motivation for the probe.
“Frese betrayed the trust placed in him by the American people — a betrayal that risked harming the national security of this country. This is one of six unauthorized disclosure cases the Department has charged in just over two years, and we will continue in our efforts to punish and deter this behavior.”
The indictment claims that sometime around the end of April of 2018, Frese gave classified material about a foreign country’s weapon systems to a reporter.
Not long after that, the so-called “journalist” Frese was supplying stolen secrets to started living with him.
Imagine that. A “reporter” who doesn’t mind sleeping with her “source.” Disgraceful.
According to officials, the information Frese handed out to his, uh, “roommate,” could be “expected to cause exceptionally grave harm to the national security of the United States.”
Frese’s bedroom buddy then asked him if he could “help” a second reporter by handing out top secret info to her as well.
The indictment says that Frese complied in order to keep his sexual relationship with the first “journalist” rolling onward.
Both journalists used the secret information to publish articles.
Frese could face up to ten years in prison. Authorities did not say if the journalists could face charges.