The Justice Department on Wednesday announced that 30-year-old Henry Kyle Frese, a Defense Intelligence Agency employee, was arrested for leaking to a journalist.
Henry Kyle Frese now has two counts of willful transmission of national defense information in the state of Virginia. According to the DOJ, Frese had a romantic relationship with a reporter that he was also giving top secret information to. He could face up to 20 years in prison and was arrested when he showed up for work on October 9, 2019.
The reporter he was leaking to is named Amanda Macias, a CNBC national security reporter, as shown in public records. Feel free to view her twitter. The
Frese allegedly passed information to his girlfriend who then passed it to other reporters.
Matthew Keys was the first to identify Macias as “Journalist 1” in the complaint and MSNBCs’ Courtney Kube as the other.
“In or about mid-April to early May 2018, FRESE accessed an intelligence report unrelated to his job duties on multiple occasions, which contained NDI classified at the TOP SECRET/SCI level, which related to a certain foreign country’s weapons systems.”Frese Indictment
According to the indictment, Frese was “down” to help the journalist who contacted him over Twitter direct message because “he wanted to see the journalist progress.”
The criminal complaint was filed on October 9th in the Eastern District Of Virginia which said that Frese had been “caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain.” It then discloses that the information leaked ““could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave harm to the national security of the United States.”