WASHINGTON (ABC7) — A Defense Intelligence Agency employee was arrested Wednesday after he was indicted on charges that he gave classified information to two journalists in 2018 and 2019, according to a statement from the Department of Justice (see below).
Henry Kyle Frese, 30, of Alexandria, Va., holds a Top Secret security clearance. Frese allegedly provided top secret information about a foreign country’s weapons systems to a journalist with whom he was romantically involved. The two lived at the same address.
Asked by the first journalist if he would speak to a second journalist in April 2018, Frese agreed, according to the DOJ statement.
Hours after Frese searched a classified government computer system, he talked with the two journalists. About a half hour after the conversation, the first journalist published an article with top secret national defense information in a news outlet, according to the indictment.
In September 2019, Frese talked with the second journalist on his cell phone and provided secret classified national defense information. The conversation was monitored by court-authorized surveillance of his cell phone, according to the indictment.
The press release from the Department of Justice: