Defense Intelligence Agency employee charged with leaking classified information

A counterterrorism analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency has been charged with leaking top-secret details about foreign countries’ weapons systems to two journalists, including a reporter with whom he was apparently romantically involved, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Henry Frese, 30, of Alexandria, Va., ‘‘was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information,’’ the Justice Department said.

His motive apparently was to advance the career of the female reporter with whom he had a relationship, the FBI said. Frese allegedly passed additional top secret information to one of the woman’s colleagues at ‘‘an affiliated but different news outlet.’’

Frese, who had a high-level security clearance, was arrested Wednesday morning.


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