Kirsters Baish| Do you remember back in 2017 when a woman named Reality Winner (not joking) was arrested and charged for leaking a Top Secret document to The Intercept.
There is now an FBI agent from Minnesota who has been charged with the same exact crime. MPR News reported that the Minneapolis FBI agent who started his career as an intern for the agency in 2000 has been charged with leaking classified information to The Intercept.
JaneAnne Murray and Joshua Dratel, the attorneys of Terry James Albury, released a statement in which they explained that their client “ … accepts full responsibility for the conduct set forth in the Information. We would like to add that as the only African-American FBI field agent in Minnesota, Mr. Albury’s actions were driven by a conscientious commitment to long-term national security and addressing the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI.”” Albury is the only African-American FBI field agent in Minnesota. It sounds like his argument is that he did it because he is black and alone as the only black man. I have a feeling that is not going to hold up very well in a court of law.
Albury was assigned as Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport liaison on counterterrorism issues. He was officially charged this past week by the DOJ’s National Security Division. His charge was one count of “knowingly and willfully” transmitting documents and information which related to national defense to a national news organization’s reporter. Albury was also charged with a second count of refusing to give documents to the government.
Albury is the second person charged with leaking secret documents to The Intercept. In June 2017, an intelligence contractor was charged with leaking a classified report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to The Intercept, the first criminal leak under President Trump.
The Intercept does not discuss anonymous sources, editor-in-chief Betsy Reed said in a statement posted on their website.
The Justice Department has vowed to crack down on leaks that it contends undermine national security.