Henry Kyle Frese gave reporters secret intelligence reports on Russian and Chinese weapons systems.
A counterterrorism analyst from the defense intelligence Department pleaded guilty to leaking classified material about foreign weapons systems to two journalists in 2018 and 2019. The Ministry of defense reported this.
Henry Kyle Frese, 31, pleaded guilty in district court in Alexandria, Virginia. The maximum sentence he faces is ten years in prison. The former defense Ministry employee will be sentenced on June 18, according to a press release.
“Frese violated the trust placed in him by the American people by disclosing classified information related to national security for personal gain,” said John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, adding that Frese “notified our country’s opponents of classified information related to national defense, jeopardizing the country’s security.”
The information that Frese passed on to reporters appeared in at least eight different publications based on five different intelligence reports, according to court documents.
The two reporters to whom the analyst passed the information were colleagues, and according to the FBI, Frese was “romantically involved” with one of the journalists.
The Ministry of Justice did not disclose the names of the journalists or the titles of the publications they worked for, but the press release clarified that the reporters worked for two publications that are part of the same holding company.