The U.S. Division of Justice (DoJ) indicted an worker of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for illegally eradicating quite a few nationwide safety paperwork and willfully retaining them at her private residence throughout a 13-year interval from June 2004 to December 2017.
The federal indictment charged Kendra Kingsbury, 48, with two counts of getting unauthorized possession of paperwork referring to the nationwide protection, in line with an unsealed indictment that was made public on Friday. Kingsbury labored as an intelligence analyst within the FBI’s Kansas Metropolis Division for greater than 12 years, till her suspension in 2017.
“The breadth and depth of labeled nationwide safety info retained by the defendant for greater than a decade is just astonishing,” said Alan E. Kohler, Jr. Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, in a press release.
Stating that Kingsbury knew she was not approved to take away and retain entry to those delicate authorities supplies, the Justice Division charged the defendant with failing to ship the key paperwork to related workers who have been entitled to obtain them.
Kingsbury is alleged to have saved a complete of 20 paperwork that cowl a large swathe of labeled info spanning throughout intelligence notes and bulletins, electronic mail messages, inner correspondence, and a presentation that delve into totally different sources and strategies the company makes use of to defend towards counterterrorism and cyber threats in addition to particulars about intelligence gathered on rising terrorist teams.
A number of the paperwork unlawfully accessed by Kingsbury additionally contain specifics about open investigations, human sources, and intelligence gaps pertaining to hostile international intelligence companies and terrorist outfits, and the technical capabilities the FBI possesses to neutralize counterterrorism targets.
“As an intelligence analyst for the FBI, the defendant was entrusted with entry to delicate authorities supplies,” mentioned Assistant Lawyer Common John C. Demers for DoJ’s Nationwide Safety Division. “Kingsbury is alleged to have violated our nation’s belief by stealing and retaining labeled paperwork in her residence for years. Insider threats are a big hazard to our nationwide safety, and we’ll proceed to work relentlessly to determine, pursue and prosecute people who pose such a menace.”