The DOJ Finally Decides To Prosecute A Federal Official For Leaking
A bit of news broke the afternoon involving the arrest of a federal official.
Henry K. Frese, a DIA official, was charged with leaking classified information to two different journalists, one of which he was apparently sleeping with. Remember that the next time the media tell you are virtuous and upstanding they are.
Here’s the report via The Federalist.
An employee at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested Wednesday on federal charges of leaking top-secret classified information to two reporters.
Henry Kyle Frese, a 30-year-old counter-terrorism analyst at the DIA, allegedly leaked classified information to two reporters whose identities were not unveiled by authorities in 2018 and this year, one of which Frese was romantically involved with, according to the indictment.
Federal authorities say one reporter wrote eight articles stemming from at least five leaks from Frese.
While that linked article doesn’t rely the names of the reporters in question, we know who they are. One of them is CNBC’s Amanda Macias, who was in the romantic relationship with Frese. The other was an NBC reporter named Courtney Kube.
Much of what was leaked involved intelligence on foreign weapons capabilities and tests, including Russia and China.
CNBC has already suspended Macias.
#BREAKING: Source at NBC News with knowledge of matter says @amanda_m_macias has been suspended following arrest of former love interest and purported source Henry Frese, a defense intelligence analyst accused of leaking to her. Suspension “procedural,” not discipliary.— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) October 9, 2019
We should probably go ahead and congratulate her on her new gig at The New York Times. You know it’s coming.
You also won’t be surprised to learn that Frese’s social media showed him to be rabidly anti-Trump.
Review of arrested leaker's social media shows, in addition to extreme anti-Trump views, confidence there'd be no repercussions for leaking. He freely and openly engages with recipient of stolen information. Our natsec culture of politicized leaking is worrisome.— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 9, 2019
In 1814 they burned the White House— Kyle Frese (@HKFrese) May 19, 2018
In 2018 they burned the White House again https://t.co/EUgkUJJouN
And if you want a good laugh, read the comments to this tweet.
Cant wait for @nytimes to leak biographic detail about the new whistleblower— Kyle Frese (@HKFrese) October 6, 2019
’d assume we are less than a day away from this guy being turned into a #resistance hero and Trump being accused of targeting him for his political views.
While this leaker isn’t directly related to the Trump-Russia fiasco, it does at least show a willingness by the DOJ to pursue these cases when they feel they have enough evidence. This appears to be an open and shut case. Hopefully, there are many more to come in the near future.