An Intelligence Agent Arrested For Leaking Information To Journalists

Washington – An employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) was arrested on Wednesday on charges of alleged filtering of classified information to two journalists in 2018 and 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reported.

Henry Kyle Frese, 30, with permission to access government secret information, allegedly accessed classified intelligence reports between mid-April and early May 2018, some of which were not related to his job responsibilities, the official said. DOJ in a statement.

The information, citing court documents, added that Frese provided maximum security information about a foreign country's weapons system to a journalist, identified as "1" to maintain his anonymity.


According to court documents, the defendant and the journalist "1" had the same residence address between August 2017 and August 2018 and, according to the review of the public social media pages, were apparently involved in a romantic relationship during a part or all of that period.

The release without authorization of maximum security information could cause exceptionally serious damage to the national security of the country, the DOJ warned in the statement.

The accusation reports that the journalist "1" wrote to Frese on April 27, 2018, a week after the official accessed one of the intelligence reports (called 1), to ask if he was willing to talk to another reporter. (identified as "2").

"Frese said he was' willing 'to help journalist 2 if this helped journalist 1, because he wanted to see journalist 1' progress", "the DOJ said, noting that both they discussed a story in which journalist "1" was working, whose theme was report 1.

Several days after that communication, the employee searched in a government classified computer system for terms related to the topics contained in the report 1. According to the accusation, hours after that search he spoke by telephone with both journalists and half an hour later the reporter " 1 "published an article with classified information from report 1.

The authorities intervened under judicial authorization the telephone of the accused, with which last September 24 transmitted classified information to the journalist "2".

The DOJ explained that a grand jury has accused Freser of two charges of intentional transmission of national defense information to people who should not receive it.