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Pentagon Analyst Is Charged in Leaks of Classified Reports

Politics|Pentagon Analyst Is Charged in Leaks of Classified ReportsThe arrest was the latest in the Trump administration’s aggressive pursuit of government workers who share classified information with journalists.ImageZachary Terwilliger, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, announced the arrest of a Pentagon analyst accused of leaking classified information.CreditCreditAndrew Harnik/Associated PressOct. 9, 2019, 4:58 p.m. ETWASHINGTON — A Pentagon counterterrorism analyst shared classified information with two journalists for more than a year, one of whom he was dating, according to an indictment unsealed on Wednesday.The analyst, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, was arrested on Wednesday at his office at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he has worked since January 2017, first as a contractor and then as an employee, prosecutors said. His arrest was the latest in the Justice Department’s aggressive efforts to crack down on illegal leaks of classified information. Six people have been charged with unlawfully sharing government information since Jeff Sessions, then the attorney general, vowed in August 2017 to ramp up the fight on leaks, said John Demers, the head of the department’s National Security Division. Until 2017, no one had been charged in leak cases since 2013. Law enforcement officials under President Barack Obama prosecuted more leak cases than all previous administrations combined. “Leaks of classified information cause damage to national security,” Mr. Demers said in a statement announcing the charges against Mr. Frese. Law enforcement officials said that the indictment made clear that the government was not pursuing the journalists in this case. But federal prosecutors declined to say whether they had monitored the journalists or obtained their records or data. And the methods in the case — a wiretap of Mr. Frese’s phone, perhaps the most intrusive tool in criminal investigators’ arsenal — underscored the Trump administration’s aggression in hunting leaks to journalists.The Trump administration’s renewed pursuit of leakers has alarmed First Amendment advocates, who say the investigations can have a chilling effect on government employees who may choose to stay silent rather than alert journalists to wrongdoin
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