A former FBI agent working on counterterrorism has been charged with sharing classified documents with a news organization, including documents that reportedly show that the bureau continues to use race and religion to profile potential targets.
Attorneys for Terry James Albury said in a statement that their client was “driven by a conscientious commitment to long-term national security and addressing the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI.”
The charges come as the Trump administration has made prosecuting leaks by government employees to the media a high priority. In August, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department was launching a crackdown on the “staggering” number of leaks.
MPR News says Albury was assigned as Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport liaison working on counterterrorism matters. He was the only African-American FBI field agent in Minnesota, according to MPR.
“Terry Albury served the U.S. with distinction both here at home and abroad in Iraq,” the statement from the attorneys read. “He accepts full responsibility for the conduct set forth in the Information.”
The Associated Press writes that Albury was charged by “felony information, which typically indicates a defendant will plead guilty.” The charges say Albury leaked the documents between February 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017.
“The FBI believes that the classified and/or controlled nature of the documents indicates the News Outlet obtained these documents from someone with direct access to them,” according to the warrant. “Furthermore, reviews of the FBI internal records indicate ALBURY has electronically accessed over two thirds of the approximately 27 documents via trusted access granted to him on FBI information systems.”
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SOURCE: NPR, Scott Neuman