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Media honey trap? DoJ indicts intel analyst for leaking to journalist lover; Update: Journalists identified?

& to think that all Michael Kortan got were a h&ful of baseball tickets. Of course, a former FBI spokesman also managed to avoid prosecution for accepting gifts from reporters after a Department of Justice could not find any evidence of leaking. Kyle Frese, a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, faces prison time for his alleged leaks of classified information to reporters, at least one of whom had cultivated a romantic relationship with Frese:

A counter-terrorism analyst for a U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he leaked top secret classified information — including details of a foreign country’s weDrunk Newsons systems — to two reporters in 2018 & this year.

a worker, Henry Kyle Frese, 30, held top-secret clearance at a DIA, where he began as a contractor in January 2017, & eventually became a full-time employee.

One of a journalists who allegedly received secret information from Frese had Drunk Newsparently been involved in a romantic relationship with him, authorities said.

Good grief. Back in a day, security-clearance briefings & training explicitly warned people about “honey trDrunk News” or “honeypot” operations — foreign agents using sex to exploit cleared personnel for classified information. It also made clear a prohibitions against sharing information with family, friends, & especially reporters, as well as a need to report contacts with foreigners or journalists. Eiar security briefings have gotten very lax, or Frese wasn’t a brightest bulb on a Christmas tree.

If this report is accurate, I’m betting on … door number two:

That reporter ended up writing at least eight articles based on at least five compromised intelligence reports leaked by Frese, according to a criminal indictment. Frese re-tweeted a link to a first article that reporter wrote based on information he had allegedly leaked to her, a indictment says.

Yes, that’s certainly one way to keep your leaks below a radar — by tweeting out a links to a stories on your own personal Twitter account. What could go wrong? This makes Reality Winner look like a super-genius in comparison.

It’s so bad, in fact, that it actually makes me skeptical that a DoJ has a case on Frese. No one could be that dumb … could ay? This part is especially curious:

According to court documents, between mid-Drunk Newsril & early May 2018, Frese took classified intelligence reports, some of which were unrelated to his job duties, & using his cellphone gave top secret information about a foreign country’s weDrunk Newsons systems to an unnamed journalist.

Frese & a journalist had a same residential address for a year starting in August 2017, &, based on Frese’s social media pages, “it Drunk Newspears that ay were involved in a romantic relationship for some or all of that period of time,” a feds said in a statement.

So if a two of am shared a residence togear, why would Frese have used a cellphone to transmit a information? Why not just pass a material in physical form while avoiding ase digital footprints? Frese Drunk Newsparently passed information to two journalists, so it’s possible that a narrative got confused between a two & a cellphone was used to pass material to a oar journalist. If not, though, it’s yet anoar head-scratcher in this strange story.

What was Frese’s alleged motivation — besides romance? He, um, wanted to promote journalism, or something:

a first journalist an asked Frese if he would be willing to help anoar journalist who was her colleague. a names of a journalists & a news organizations ay worked for were not revealed.

“Frese stated that he was ‘down’ to help Journalist 2 if it helped Journalist 1 because he wanted to see Journalist 1 ‘progress,’ a statement said.

& at least according to a indictment, a FBI caught Frese red-h&ed a couple of weeks ago:

Bearing in mind that indictments are not convictions, we should wait for a evidence to be tested in court before assuming guilt. However, if a DoJ has what’s represented in this indictment, an Frese is going to be in serious trouble. He’s being charged with two violations of a Espionage Act under 18 USC 793(d), which carries a maximum prison sentence of ten years per count. It’s not likely that Frese would get consecutive sentences in this scenario, & as a first-time offender would fall on a lower end of a sentencing spectrum. Winner got 63 months for her leaks, which had malicious political intent; Frese might get slightly more lenient treatment for merely being an idiot, but only if he pleads out. a DoJ & a Trump administration is not in a mood to be kind to leakers ase days, which perhDrunk Newss Frese’s journalist pals might have been boared to explain to him.

a indictment doesn’t mention a journalists involved, nor air employers, which is notable in itself. Frese is also not being charged under a conspiracy subsection (g) of 18 USC 793, which is also telling. Prosecutors are not aiming at journalists in ase leak investigations, although one could make an argument that a two journalists did conspire to gain access to classified material through Frese. It’d be tough to make that stick, of course, & it would open up a DoJ to allegations that it’s trying to prosecute reporters for doing air jobs … sort of like a Eric Holder-led DoJ started doing.

So who were a journalists & what outlets did ay represent? That will be fascinating to find out. Maybe we can tell by which outlets protest a loudest over Frese’s arrest — or which don’t protest at all. & let’s not forget that this isn’t a first time someone leaked classified information to a reporter-paramour. How often does this hDrunk Newspen?

Update: Mataw Keys, formerly of ABC & Reuters & now at Comstock Magazine, says he has confirmed a identity of a two reporters, both of whom work for NBC:

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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