Could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Heavy: Henry Kyle Frese is the Petagon(sic) counter-terrorism analyst who is accused of leaking documents related to North Korea and China to CNBC’s Amanda Macias and another reporter. Macias was his girlfriend, according to court documents and social media posts. Matthew Keys was the first to identify Macias as “Journalist 1” in the complaint and MSNBCs’ Courtney Kube as the other. Keys also named North Korea as the country in question in the criminal complaint.
A criminal complaint filed on October 9 in Eastern District of Virginia federal court stated Frese, 30, had been “caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain.” The complaint adds that the disclosure of the information, “could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave harm to the national security of the United States.” Frese was working for the Defense Intelligence Agency. He was hired in January 2017 as a contractor and then became a full-time employee with the highest possible security clearance.
Frese, of Alexandria, Virginia, will appear in court on October 9. He was charged with two counts of willful transmission of national defense information to persons not entitled to receive it, the U>S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement. Frese could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He remains in federal custody pending his first court appearance on Thursday. He has not yet hired an attorney. read more