Federal Prosecutors Charge Man with Leaking Sensitive Information in Role as FBI Agent

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March 29, 2018 06:17 AM

Federal prosecutors have charged a man with leaking sensitive information to a national news reporter in his capacity as an FBI agent.

According to the two-page information document filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota, Terry Albury passed two sensitive documents along to a reporter with a national news organization between February 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017.

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Albury's attorneys issued a statement Wednesday saying he "accepts full responsibility for the conduct set forth in the information." 

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One, dated Aug. 17, 2011, pertained to "Assessing confidential Human Sources." The other document was related to threats posed by certain people from a specific Middle Eastern country, according to the court document. 

Albury is charged with "knowingly and willfully" turning over the documents to a reporter for a national media organization in violation of federal law. 

He's also charged with keeping a sensitive document "relating to the use of an online platform for recruitment by a specific terrorist group," rather than delivering the document to a proper authority. 

Albury's attorneys said in the statement the agent has served the United States "with distinction both here at home and in Iraq."

"We would like to add that as the only African-American FBI field agent in Minnesota, Mr. Albury's actions were driven by a conscientious commitment to long-term national security and addressing the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI," the statement read.

The charges don't name a news organization, but the date listed for one document Albury allegedly shared was published by The Intercept last year.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged last year to crack down on government leaks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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