Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested on charges of leaking top-secret information to reporters

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    • An employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested on federal charges that he leaked classified information, including details of a foreign country’s weapons systems, to two reporters in 2018 and this year.
    • The worker, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, held top-secret clearance at the DIA.
    • The Justice Department said that it appears that Frese and one of the reporters “were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time” in which Frese allegedly leaked the information.


A counterterrorism analyst for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he leaked top secret and other classified information — including details of a foreign country’s weapons systems — to two reporters in 2018 and this year.
The worker, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, held top-secret clearance at the DIA, where he began as a contractor in January 2017, and eventually became a full-time employee.
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The tip of a very dirty iceberg.



    • An employee of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested on federal charges that he leaked classified information, including details of a foreign country’s weapons systems, to two reporters in 2018 and this year.
    • The worker, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, held top-secret clearance at the DIA.
    • The Justice Department said that it appears that Frese and one of the reporters “were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time” in which Frese allegedly leaked the information.


A counterterrorism analyst for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he leaked top secret and other classified information — including details of a foreign country’s weapons systems — to two reporters in 2018 and this year.
The worker, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, held top-secret clearance at the DIA, where he began as a contractor in January 2017, and eventually became a full-time employee.
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What are you suggesting?
 

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If the charges are accurate, then this is likely one of the more amateurish reporter-source situations that has been uncovered.

Reporters at major operations go to great lengths to keep a source's identity hidden. Aside from initial meetings to establish how things are done, they never talk face-to-face with an internal source and rarely on the phone. At a minimum, encrypted chat services like WhatsApp come into play; more elaborate methods involve dead drops, burner phones and apps that never store messages for more than a handful of minutes.

None of that is possible if the reporter was having a romantic relationship with the source. Sure maybe he was passing information electronically but they're meeting in person on a routine basis. If he fell under suspicion, the leak hunters just have to follow him around for a bit before he links up with her (presumably it's a woman). They run her ID, she's a reporter, basically confirms what's going on right away.

It's stupid. They were going to be caught. It is highly, highly unlikely the reporter works for a top-tier publication or broadcaster, or that they collected information that is particularly damaging. They didn't know what they were doing, or if they did they decided to be dumb on their own. Never mind the fact that even if the romance was fully genuine and not something the reporter arranged to coax info out of the source, (she?) will be regarded as an ethical pariah.

Women reporters have to put up with enough crap, thanks to Hollywood and general biases, without stories about those who sleep with sources floating around.
 
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...The Justice Department said that it appears that Frese and one of the reporters “were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time” in which Frese allegedly leaked the information.


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More likely the tip of Henry's dick.

If you want to make a conspiracy theory out of this, please post it. I could use a good laugh before going to bed. :)
 
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The honey trap is the oldest in the world. Sometimes those young women (and yes sometimes young men) are not from newspapers at all
but from foreign countries or just global business' trying to get a leg up on what the US is interested in exploring. FOLLOW THE MONEY !!!
 
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If the charges are accurate, then this is likely one of the more amateurish reporter-source situations that has been uncovered.

Reporters at major operations go to great lengths to keep a source's identity hidden. Aside from initial meetings to establish how things are done, they never talk face-to-face with an internal source and rarely on the phone. At a minimum, encrypted chat services like WhatsApp come into play; more elaborate methods involve dead drops, burner phones and apps that never store messages for more than a handful of minutes.

None of that is possible if the reporter was having a romantic relationship with the source. Sure maybe he was passing information electronically but they're meeting in person on a routine basis. If he fell under suspicion, the leak hunters just have to follow him around for a bit before he links up with her (presumably it's a woman). They run her ID, she's a reporter, basically confirms what's going on right away.

It's stupid. They were going to be caught. It is highly, highly unlikely the reporter works for a top-tier publication or broadcaster, or that they collected information that is particularly damaging. They didn't know what they were doing, or if they did they decided to be dumb on their own. Never mind the fact that even if the romance was fully genuine and not something the reporter arranged to coax info out of the source, (she?) will be regarded as an ethical pariah.

Women reporters have to put up with enough crap, thanks to Hollywood and general biases, without stories about those who sleep with sources floating around.
Yeah I don't think the reporters turned him in, more than likely it was discovered through an internal investigation somehow. As I haven't had a chance to research the story yet I am just guessing but I think that's probably accurate. Either that, or as was posted before, he got himself in trouble.
 
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Trump haters have a new hero to love, as Frese is another one of those federal employees, working behind the scenes to do damage to our country.

Probably, would have made a good Whistleblower, but Schiff may have overlooked him.



Meet Kyle Frese: Trump Hater, Federal Employee, Arrested for Leaking National Security Secrets


BY J. CHRISTIAN ADAMS OCTOBER 9, 2019
CHAT 302 COMMENTS

(Image via Twitter)
Federal employee Henry Kyle Frese was arrested today for allegedly leaking national security secrets to reporters at CNBC and NBC. One of the reporters was his girlfriend. Read the indictment here.

Frese was a federal employee at the Defense Intelligence Agency. It comes as no surprise that Frese — like so many other federal employees in Washington, D.C. — is full of hatred toward Donald Trump and willing to use his personal power and government job to attack the president and conservatives.

 
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"In June 2018, Kube, along with two other NBC reporters, wrote a highly publicized report about North Korea increasing nuclear production at secret sites. The report contradicted President Trump’s tweet that same month that “there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea” following his June 12 summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The investigation into Frese included a wiretap of his phone, which captured a call on September 24, 2019, he had with Kube in which prosecutors say he gave her classified information."





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