Former FBI Agent Faces 20 yrs in jail for Leaking Classified Defence Information
Terry J. Albury, a former Special Agent of the FBI, has pleaded guilty in the District of Minnesota to the charge of unauthorised disclosure and retention of classified national defence information.
Albury faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison per count.
According to FBI statement received by AltAfrika.com, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Assistant Director Bill Priestap of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division announced the plea.
Assistant Attorney General Demers said, “Today, Terry Albury admitted to violating his oath to protect our country by disclosing to a reporter classified information that, as an FBI agent, he was entrusted to protect.
U.S. Attorney Doherty-McCormick, while commenting on the case said, “Terry Albury betrayed the trust bestowed upon him by the United States.
Assistant Director Priestap said, “Mr. Albury was entrusted by the FBI with a security clearance, which included a responsibility to protect classified national defense information. Instead, he knowingly disclosed that material to someone not authorized to receive it.
“In violating his oath of office Terry Albury not only betrayed the American people, but also his fellow FBI employees who work to safeguard sensitive information on a daily basis.
Albury, 39, worked as an FBI Special Agent in the Minneapolis field office at the time of the disclosures.
As set forth in the plea agreement, Albury was never authorized to retain the documents at issue at his residence or to transmit them to any person not entitled to receive them.