The Defense Intelligence Agency worker who was arrested Wednesday for leaking classified information was passing secrets to journalists from CNBC and NBC News, a report said Wednesday.
The reporters aren’t named in the indictment against 30-year-old alleged leaker Henry Kyle Frese, but The Wall Street Journal identified them as CNBC reporter Amanda Macias and NBC reporter Courtney Kube.
Court documents in the case include tweets that correspond to messages sent by Kube and Macias, according to the report.
Frese, a counterintelligence analyst from Alexandria, Virginia, who had a Top Secret security clearance, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of willful transmission of national defense information to persons not entitled to receive it.
“Frese was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain,” John C. Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, said when announcing the indictment.
Demers cited ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vow to pursue leakers as the motivation for the probe.
Frese allegedly passed top secret intelligence information regarding a foreign country’s weapons systems to either Kube or Macias, according to prosecutors.
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