The Justice Department on Wednesday announced the arrest of 30-year-old Henry Kyle Frese, a Defense Intelligence Agency employee, for leaking to journalists.
Henry Kyle Frese of Virginia was hit with two counts of willful transmission of national defense information.
According to the DOJ, Frese had a romantic relationship with one of the reporters he was transmitting top secret information to and if convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
“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,” the indictment said.
According to the indictment, Frese stated he was “down” to help the journalist who contacted him via Twitter direct message because “he wanted to see the journalist progress.”
DOJ announcing charges now against a DIA employee — Henry Kyle Frese — accused of leaking top secret information to reporters. pic.twitter.com/DzQ6Dw1teF
— dead cameron (@dellcam) October 9, 2019
Update: The journalist Mr. Frese was leaking classified information to is Amanda Macias, a CNBC national security reporter.
Can confirm based on public records and information contained in the court records: The journalist defense employee Henry K. Frese is accused of leaking classified information to is @amanda_m_macias, a CNBC national security reporter. The affiliated news organization is NBC News. https://t.co/UdWYab0VlD
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) October 9, 2019
Frese gave Ms. Macias classified intelligence information that she and NBC News later used in reports on North Korea’s weapons systems, according to journalist Matthew Keys.