It just happened. An anti-Trump leaker was just arrested by the Department of Justice (DOJ) as he showed up for work earlier this week, and now he’s facing major consequences.
Henry Kyle Frese, 30, is being charged “with two counts of willful transmission of national defense information,” according to a report. An official with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), he could serve up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Frese allegedly leaked classified information to at least two journalists that ended up being published between May and July of 2018 — with one of the journalists reportedly being in a romantic relationship with him.
“Leaks of classified information cause undeniable damage to our national security,” said John Demers, assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s National Security Division.
The leaks contained information about another country’s weapons system — material that was classified for national security reasons. It is not yet known if Frese had any other accomplices.
However, action against Frese sends a message that the Trump Administration is taking a no-tolerance approach to this crime, potentially setting the stage for even more current and former bureaucrats to be held accountable.
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