A U.S. Counterterrorism analyst admits he leaked “classified materials” in order to help his girlfriend’s career. His own career is over and he’s facing up to ten years in federal prison. He provided key military weapons details to the reporter he was sleeping with and one of her associates.
Intelligence ‘spook’ admits he leaked
From January 2017 to October 2019, Henry Kyle Frese worked for the spooky Defense Intelligence Agency, either as a contractor or employee. On Thursday, the 31-year-old counterterrorism analyst decided not to waste everyone’s time with a trial and pleaded guilty. He leaked enough classified information to fill up at least eight separate news stories. After the investigators went through all the evidence with a fine toothed comb, they came to the conclusion that the articles were “based on five separate intelligence reports.” Frese admits the “willful transmission of top secret materials.” The first thing they tell you to watch out for in spy school is the honey pot trap. Frese went for it like Winnie the Pooh.
The court documents don’t identify either of the two reporters. All they state is “they worked for two separate outlets owned by the same parent company.” Public records available on Twitter indicate that “Amanda Macias, a national security reporter for CNBC, was one of the journalists.” Based on other tweets, “the other reporter was Courtney Kube, a national security correspondent for NBC.” That all matches up with the court filings because, “Both CNBC and NBC are owned by Comcast.” Frese was “romantically involved” with Macias.
A violation of trust
Between the two reporters, they put out “a number of articles during the timeframes cited in the court filings.” The stories were all about “weapons systems of foreign nations such as China and Russia,” and they all came out in 2018 and 2019. According to our assistant attorney general for national security, John Demers, “Frese violated the trust placed in him by the American people when he disclosed sensitive national security information for personal gain.”
Thankfully he wasn’t babbling all the details of American weapons systems but the breach of security is just as bad. “He alerted our country’s adversaries to sensitive national defense information, putting the nation’s security at risk.” The Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office agrees. Timothy Slater explains, “By disseminating the same classified information, he had pledged to protect, Henry Kyle Frese put the U.S. and our national defense equities in danger.”
Not only did he leak to reporters, he admits he generally couldn’t keep anything secret. “Between early 2018 and October 2019, he also communicated with an unidentified overseas counterterrorism consulting group through social media and transmitted classified information to that group at least twice.” He’s scheduled for sentencing on June 18 in the District Court for Alexandria, Virginia.