Well, well, well, finally someone in the intel community has been arrested for leaking. Hopefully this is the start of a grand new trend.
The intel official was arrested on Wednesday, for leaking classified information to journalists…and one of those journalists was his girlfriend.
Henry Kyle Frese is a Pentagon counter-terrorism analyst. He’s accused of leaking documents related to North Korea and China to CNBC’s Amanda Macias and another reporter named Courtney Kube.
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Macias was his girlfriend, according to court documents and social media posts.
The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that a Defense Intelligence Agency official has been arrested for allegedly leaking classified information to journalists, one of whom he may have been involved with in a romantic relationship.
Henry Kyle Frese, 30, has been charged with two counts of willful transmission of national defense information. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars. [Bizpacreview]
According the FBI had Frese under surveillance, and collected phone calls, text messages, and direct messages on Twitter as evidence in the case. Frese was arrested yesterday when he arrived at work.
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The documents say that Henry Kyle Frese was arrested when he showed up for work on the morning of October 9. The arrest came after he was indicted on the two charges by a grand jury.
Neither reporter was named in the complaint but one was said to have been in a relationship with Frese and shared a home with him between August 2017 and August 2018. Public records reveal that Frese and Amanda Macias lived together in Arlington, Virgina. It’s alleged that Frese’s motivation was to further his own career. The reporter who was Frese’s girlfriend, Macias, had passed the information along to another reporter at an affiliated news organization. Macias appears to have a close relationship with Courtney Kube, who works for MSNBC. [Heavy.com]
It appears Frese, was actually trying to help “advance” his girlfriends career by giving her the classified information, and “journalists” in general. According to documents in the case, Frese said that he was “down” to help Journalist 2 if it helped Journalist 1 because he wanted to see Journalist 1 progress.” (journalist 1 is girlfriend Amanda Macias and journalist 2 is Courtney Kube).
CNBC announced that the leakers girlfriend, Amanda Macias has been suspended.
According to Demers, Frese is the sixth person to be charged with leaking information within the last two years.
“Frese was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain,” Demers said in a statement. “Frese betrayed the trust placed in him by the American people – a betrayal that risked harming the national security of this country.”
“Henry Kyle Frese was entrusted with top secret information related to the national defense of our country,” G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, said. “Frese allegedly violated that trust, the oath he swore to uphold, and is charged with engaging in dastardly and felonious conduct at the expense of our country. This indictment should serve as a clear reminder to all of those similarly entrusted with National Defense Information that unilaterally disclosing such information for personal gain, or that of others, is not selfless or heroic, it is criminal.” [Bizpacreview]
Why aren’t the journalists who accept this classified leaker info also charged with something? Maybe if these dishonest fake news “journalists” were charged with a crime for accepting and printing confidential material, we’d ave less leakers?
I mean, look at Julian Assange – that poor guy is dying in an English prison for what he did, but these 28-year-old clueless reporters can just print whatever they want and cite an “unnamed source”….what’s the difference?
According to documents in the case, Frese said that he was “down” to help Journalist 2 if it helped Journalist 1 because he wanted to see Journalist 1 progress.”
The charging documents say that Frese took provided the information to the reporters between mid-April 2018 and early-May 2018. The documents say that between August 2017 and August 2018, “it appears that [Frese and Macias] were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time.”
In total, the feds believe that Macias is responsible for writing eight articles based on the information given to her from Frese. Officials have not said if the two journalists in question will be prosecuted for their role in the scandal. [Heavy.com]
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