Authorities said a counterterrorism analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency has been arrested after allegedly leaking top secret and classified information to two reporters.
30-year-old Henry Kyle Frese held top-secret clearance at the DIA, where he started as a contractor in January 2017, and later became a full-time employee.
According to court documents, Frese shared intelligence related to the capabilities of foreign weapons systems with two journalists, one of whom he was in a romantic relationship with.
Frese was arrested and charged with two counts of willful transmission of national defense information to persons not entitled to receive it. Frese is expected to appear in federal court in Virginia on Thursday.
According to Alan E. Kohler Jr., the special agent in charge of the counterintelligence division at the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the concern is not just the loss of that information but also how other countries could use it as it threatens American lives.
It was, however, not mentioned to which country or countries the information was leaked. It was also not clear which organizations the reporters worked for.
The case is one of six leak cases that the Justice Department had charged in the past two years.