(Tea Party PAC) – On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced the arrest of 30-year-old Henry Kyle Frese (pictured above), a Defense Intelligence Agency employee, for leaking highly sensitive information to journalists.
Frese, of Virginia, has been slapped with two counts of willful transmission of national defense information.
According to the DOJ, Frese was engaged in a romantic relationship with one of the reporters he was giving top-secret information to.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
“In or about mid-April to early May 2018, FRESE accessed an intelligence report unrelated to his job duties on multiple occasions, which contained NDI classified at the TOP SECRET/SCI level, which related to a certain foreign country’s weapons systems,” the indictment reads.
Frese stated that he was “down” to help the journalists who contacted him through Twitter via direct message, as he wanted to “see the journalist progress,” the indictment reads.
DOJ announcing charges now against a DIA employee — Henry Kyle Frese — accused of leaking top secret information to reporters. pic.twitter.com/DzQ6Dw1teF
— dead cameron (@dellcam) October 9, 2019
The journalist in question was Amanda Macias, a CNBC national security reporter.
Can confirm based on public records and information contained in the court records: The journalist defense employee Henry K. Frese is accused of leaking classified information to is @amanda_m_macias, a CNBC national security reporter. The affiliated news organization is NBC News. https://t.co/UdWYab0VlD
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) October 9, 2019
Frese transmitted Macias classified intelligence information that she and NBC News would go on to use in reports on North Korea’s weapons systems, according to journalist Matthew Keyes.