Defense Intelligence Agency employee arrested for allegedly leaking highly classified reports to media

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Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Gen. Robert Ashley testifies to the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about "worldwide threats" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 29, 2019.

  • Henry Kyle Frese, a Defense Intelligence Agency employee, has been charged with leaking top secret information to two reporters, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed on Wednesday.
  • Frese "was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain," the Justice Department said in a statement.
  • According to the government, Frese had a romantic relationship with at least one of the reporters.
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A Defense Intelligence Agency employee identified as Henry Kyle Frese, 30, has been arrested for leaking multiple highly classified reports to the media, according to an indictment that was unsealed in a Virginia federal court on Wednesday.

The documents Frese allegedly leaked to two journalists pertained to top secret information on a foreign country's weapon systems, the Washington Post reported. Advertisement

According to the unsealed indictment, Frese was romantically involved with one of the reporters.

Frese "was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain," the Justice Department said in a statement.

"The unauthorized disclosure of TOP SECRET information could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave harm to the national security of the United States," the statement added.
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