Defense Intelligence Agency analyst charged with leaking classified info to journalists
A member of the intelligence community has been arrested and charged with leaking classified government information to two journalists, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Police arrested Henry Frese, a 30-year-old counterterrorism analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency, on Wednesday morning as he arrived at work, officials said. He’s been charged with two counts of willful transmission of national defense information, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Between mid-April and early May 2018, according to the indictment, Frese allegedly accessed multiple intelligence reports, and provided top secret information relating to the capabilities of a certain foreign country's weapons systems to one journalist for a national media outlet with whom he appeared to have a relationship.
It was after that point that Frese began feeding classified information to a second journalist from a second outlet publicly affiliated with the first.
Officials say that the journalist with whom Frese was romantically linked published eight articles containing classified material accessed by Frese, one of which was linked in a retweet sent from Frese’s Twitter account. As many as five intelligence reports were compromised by the disclosures, authorities said, and according to court documents, Frese was one of only 26 people who accessed all five during that time.
Justice Department officials declined to identify either journalist on Wednesday and would not comment on whether either would be facing charges in the case. https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/09/intelligence-employee-arrest-leak-journalists-043448