Former FBI Agent Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Leaking Documents

We have been harping on this tune for months and months now.  The FBI is out of control, there is no law, there is no order, there are only rogue agents and and administrators.  Of course there are some good men and women in the FBI but “some” is not enough, the good people can not be the anomaly, especially when it comes to the leadership.

This story gives us a window in the just how messed up the and leaky the FBI is.  For every person that gets caught and goes to trial there are hundreds, maybe thousands that go unpunished, even un noticed.

Conservative Tribune reported:

Terry James Albury is the second leaker that the Department of Justice has put behind bars since Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to pursue more leak investigations in August 2017.

“I have this warning for would-be leakers: Don’t do it,” Sessions said at the time, adding that the DOJ had already received as many criminal referrals for the leaking of classified information than in the previous three years combined.

Albury apologized to his former FBI colleagues and said that he “truly wanted to make a difference and never intended to put anyone in danger” at the sentencing, The New York Times reported.

The Washington Examiner reported:

Former FBI agent Terry Albury was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in the second leak prosecution of the Trump era, after federal prosecutors and a Minnesota judge rejected Albury’s argument that more senior officials faced much lighter penalties for similar activities.

Albury’s case was compared by some experts to the treatment of men who led the FBI at the time of his leaks, who have not been prosecuted for their disclosures to reporters.

Albury pleaded guilty in April to two counts of violating the Espionage Act in what his attorneys called “an act of conscience.” He is believed to have sent The Intercept documents that included a guide to informant recruitment and rules for seizing journalist records.

If there is one thing that the Inspector General’s report, released earlier this year, revealed, it’s that the FBI leaks like a sieve.

Back in April Bloomberg reported:

To understand this insight, I recommend reading Page 458 of the new Inspector General Report on the FBI’s 2015-2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. It says: “We have profound concerns about the volume and extent of unauthorized media contacts by FBI personnel that we have uncovered during our review.”

It goes on to say that FBI agents were enticed to spill the goods from reporters who plied them with meals, invitations to parties, tickets to sporting events and golf outings. ” 

Indeed the fear that details about the Clinton investigation would leak to the press were so prevalent among the FBI’s senior leaders that they advised former FBI director James Comey to inform Congress and the public that he was reopening the investigation into Clinton’s email server, not two weeks before election day in 2016.

“We do not believe the problem is with the FBI’s policy, which we found to be clear and unambiguous,” the report says. “Rather, we concluded that these leaks highlight the need to change what appears to be a cultural attitude.”

There is a good argument for just disbanding the FBI and building a new agency from the ground up.  I know this is hard to believe, but the agency that was molded and formed by one of the most notoriously corrupt men in modern American history, J Edgar Hoover, is FUBAR.  I think’s it’s time we rebuilt from the ground up and were very carful about the scope and extent of the powers given in the replacement agencies charter.

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