Federal employee Henry Kyle Frese has been arrested for leaking national security secrets to ‘journalists’ at CNBC and NBC, one of whom was his girlfriend.
Working for the Defense Intelligence Agency, Frese was vocal about his hatred of President Trump and was willing to compromise all of his integrity and his freedom to attack not only the president but also members of his administration.
PJ Media reported on Frese’s Twitter feed:
Frese went to college and graduate school in Canada. His posts routinely cover national security and foreign affairs issues. They are also vehemently hostile to Donald Trump and his foreign policy.
A post just this week regarding Turkey and Syria says, “Once again we remind our current, and any potential future allies, that at some point we will [expletive] them over.” I could find no postings on his Twitter feed regarding the Obama administration meddling in Israel’s elections or striking up a nuclear deal with Iran.
Frese didn’t just hate Trump, he hated those around Trump, including Sebastian Gorka. Upon reading that Gorka would be traveling with Trump, Frese attacked Gorka by posting an imaginary quote from a White House official: “You know what would be good optics right now? SecState travelling with someone who was disgraced from the White House and has clear ties to European white nationalist groups.” Gorka does not have ties to European white nationalist groups.
Frese also doesn’t like Tom Cotton. He didn’t like that Cotton was being considered for director of Central Intelligence.
Frese traveled quite a bit. Every month or two, he could be found hiking Kilimanjaro in Kenya, or sipping beer in an Eastern European capital, visiting London or the low countries, Morocco, Berlin, Australia, all in the space of a year or two. It was quite a travel experience for a lowly federal employee. Perhaps it was work-related, all those different destinations. Excessive foreign travel can be a marker for a national security risk.
Frese would occasionally quibble with “irresponsible” stories about national security matters. He had the audacity to complain about “unnamed armaments experts providing commentary.”
Frese also didn’t like James O’Keefe.
He also had a beef with Senator Marco Rubio citing Psalms.
Frese is most likely being held, for now, in the Alexandria City Jail in Virginia. If he is convicted, he can expect to be living in a federal prison. Nobody should consider his hostility toward President Trump an outlier in the federal civil service. Whether it is a whistleblower wound up about Ukraine or the FBI lovebirds, the civil service still cannot cope with the 2016 election results.
(All images from Frese’s Twitter feed.)
U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency employee was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he leaked classified national defense information to two journalists – one of them romantically involved with him.
Henry Kyle Frese, 30, a counterterrorism analyst who held a top-secret clearance at the DIA, had started there as a contractor in January 2017 before working at the agency full time.
Between April and May 2018, Frese allegedly accessed classified intelligence reports – some of which were unrelated to his job duties – and leaked secret information regarding a foreign country’s weapons system to a reporter, according to court documents.
The documents accused Frese of being romantically involved with one of the reporters to whom he allegedly leaked information.
A criminal indictment said the reporter wrote at least eight articles from five compromised intelligence reports leaked by Frese. It said Frese re-tweeted a link to one of the articles that used the information he allegedly had provided.
The first reporter then asked Frese if he’d be willing to speak to another reporter, according to the criminal indictment. Frese allegedly said he was “down” to help the second reporter if it helped the first reporter “progress.”
The indictment also accused Frese of speaking about classified national defense information to the second reporter via his cellphone on Sept. 24, 2019. The disclosures reportedly contained information that “could reasonably be expected to cause serious harm to the national security of the United States.”
“As laid out in today’s indictment, Frese was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said. “Frese betrayed the trust placed in him by the American people—a betrayal that risked harming the national security of this country.”
Neither of the reporters was identified by name in court documents, and the Justice Department declined to provide any additional details about the classified information that was leaked.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Zach Terwilliger told reporters Wednesday that an investigation started after it became apparent the classified information had gone public.
Terwilliger denied the Justice Department was trying to send a message to journalists. He said prosecutors were focused on the leaker, not the journalists.
“If you leak info, you will be prosecuted,” he said.
Frese was arrested Wednesday at the DIA facing two counts of willful transmission of national defense information to persons not entitled to receive it.
If convicted, he would face up to 10 years in prison on each count.