Jeff Sessions Prosecutes Obama-era FBI Agent For Leaking Classified Info


AG Jeff Sessions fires FBI agent for leaking classified intel

 Attorney General Jeff Sessions has prosecuted an Obama-era FBI agent for leaking classified intelligence to the media.  

The Department of Justice filed criminal charges in Minnesota, accusing former FBI agent Terry James Albury of illegally disclosing national defense information to The Intercept.

Albury is accused of sharing a document “relating to threats posed by certain individuals from a particular Middle Eastern country” with The Intercept.

Theblaze.com reports: A second charge said that he refused to produce a document “relating to the use of an online platform for recruitment by a specific terrorist group.”

What does the agent say about the charges?

Lawyers for Albury said in a statement that he would take responsibility for his actions, but offered a hint of his motivation for leaking the documents.

“Terry Albury served the U.S. with distinction both here at home and abroad in Iraq,” the statement read. “He accepts full responsibility for the conduct set forth in the Information.”

“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 said.

What does The Intercept say about the charges?

Betsy Reed, the editor-in-chief of The Intercept, published a statement about the charges on its website.

“We do not discuss anonymous sources,” she wrote. “The use of the Espionage Act to prosecute whistleblowers seeking to shed light on matters of vital public concern is an outrage, and all journalists have the right under the First Amendment to report these stories.”

How did they catch the alleged leaker?

The Star Tribune explained the methods the FBI used to catch Albury.

According to previously sealed search warrant applications in the case executed last August, the FBI eventually linked references to secret documents in federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed by the Intercept in March 2016 to Albury’s activity on the FBI’s information systems.

…The FBI also identified a gray highlight across a row of text of the August 2011 document that is not present in the original document. Investigators also confirmed that Albury conducted “cut and paste” activity on that document and printed the copy a month before the Intercept’s FOIA requests. He also allegedly accessed about a half dozen other secret documents referenced in the requests, at least one of which was later published online.

The charges also indicated that the former agent allegedly photographed intelligence documents with a digital camera.

Albury is the second alleged leaker charged for spilling state secrets to The Intercept. In June 2017, NSA contractor Reality Winner was arrested for similar leaks to the same news outlet. The Intercept was ridiculed on social media at the time for apparently not protecting their sources enough.

‘Rogue anonymous sources’ 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had said in August 2017 that the Department of Justice was drastically increasing its  investigations into intelligence leaks.

“We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country any longer,” Sessions said at the time.

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More BS... This is not a political leak coming out of high places... This is a questionable leak, and may well be the work of a whistleblower, trying to expose what he believed to be political corruption.  Big Difference.

AG Sessions is prosecuting what appears to be a whistleblower... This prosecution is counterproductive to exposing hardcore political corruption and espionage in the highest levels of the government.  We need to see major players indicted: former Directors of the FBI, Attorney Generals, The Secretary of State, and ex-Presidents, all need to be indicted for espionage... not some low-level FBI Agent.

Yes more BS from the media, so, Mr. Nelson, you sent out emails, even one to me, like damn man, did you miss me....? ....LMAO

Hank... you grow on people.  At least your beliefs are sincere, albeit often misinformed or poorly stated.

I grow on people, damn man, thats sweet....LMAO

Tell Sessions to Resign! He's so useless.

A Guillotine would be more appropriate... Let the punishment fit the crime and AG Session's crimes are severe and many.

AGREED!

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We’ve discussed this on and off for several years now. Civil asset forfeiture is a legal process that allows the government to seize assets and cash from citizens without any due process or judicial oversight.

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Of course, not everyone has this ability… if you aren’t local, state, or federal law enforcement, this is called stealing, and you go to prison.

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A 2015 report showed that law enforcement used civil asset forfeiture to steal more from US residents than every thief, robber, and burglar in America combined.

About $4.5 BILLION worth of cash, cars, homes, and other property is taken by civil asset forfeiture each year – hundreds of millions more than common criminals steal.

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Cops will literally keep some of the cars they take as squad cars. And they make a fortune auctioning off the houses, boats, and anything else they confiscate.

Obviously this gives cops an incentive to steal, whether or not they actually think the property was used in a crime, or acquired illegally. Remember, civil asset forfeiture adds billions every year to their bottom line.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case of civil asset forfeiture.

Tyson Timbs was convicted of selling a small amount of drugs to an undercover police officer. He was sentenced to house arrest, and paid about $1,200 in fines.

But then police used civil asset forfeiture to take his $42,000 Land Rover which Timbs purchased with money from a life insurance policy after his father died. The money did not come from selling drugs, or any other illegal activity.

Timbs sued, and the case made its way to the Supreme Court, because every lower court in Indiana said the forfeiture was perfectly legit.

The case revolves around whether or not the seizure of the Land Rover was an excessive fine under the 8th amendment, and whether or not this protection against excessive fines applies to state governments.

And the public got some crazy insight into the government’s position.

The Indiana Solicitor General was arguing in favor of civil asset forfeiture when Justice Stephen Breyer asked him a hypothetical.

Breyer asked, if a state needs revenue, could it force someone to forfeit their Bugatti, Mercedes, or Ferrari for speeding? Even if they were going just 5 miles per hour over the speed limit?

And the utterly appalling answer from the Indiana Solicitor General was, yes.

That’s right… the official government position is that they can steal any amount of your property in “connection” with any crime whatsoever, no matter how trivial the crime may be… even exceeding the speed limit by 5 miles per hour.

This is how overbearing and authoritarian the government has become in the land of the free.

This is how much power your local cop has… and the power only grows as you go to state, and federal officials.

If there is any solace in any of this, it is that the other Supreme Court Justices were reportedly laughing at this exchange.

The justices seemed incredulous that Indiana’s top lawyer was using such absurd assertions and flimsy reasoning in his arguments.

So, for now, we can keep our cars if we get pulled over for speeding. But that may not always be the case…

Depending on how this is ruled, it could pave the way for even more egregious abuses of power… or it could curb the practice, and reign in these thieves in uniforms.

Just understand where the government is coming from. These politicians, bureaucrats and officers think they can do whatever they want. Absolutely anything goes, with no limitation whatsoever.

And that makes it a little tough to feel like you really live in the land of the free.

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