Federal prosecutors have revealed that an employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency in northern Virginia was arrested Wednesday, charged with leaking top secret information to two journalists, one of whom he was romantically involved with. The Justice Department says Henry Kyle Frese, 30, of Alexandria, Virginia, leaked government secrets involving a foreign country’s weapons system in 2018 and 2019.
John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, said in a press release: “Frese was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain.” Demers called it “a betrayal that risked harming the national security of this country.” Prosecutors also said Frese and one of the reporters had the same home address for a year and were “involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time,” according to a search warrant application.
Frese was arrested without incident Wednesday morning when he reported for work, officials said.
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