An FBI intelligence analyst has been charged with getting rid of caches of categorized files, which includes sensitive records on authorities informants and countrywide protection, for more than a decade and storing them at her home.
The indictment unsealed in opposition to Kendra Kingsbury, 48, of Dodge City, Kansas, charged her with two counts of unauthorized ownership of national defence files. The charges did not consist of allegations that the analyst had shared the information.
Kingsbury is scheduled for arraignment on June 1 in Kansas City, Missouri. A lawyer for the case can not be reached for comment. “The breadth and intensity of categorized national protection information retained by the defendant for more than a decade are genuinely astonishing,” stated Alan E. Kohler, Jr., assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division.
“The defendant, who is well skilled in dealing with classified data, put her country’s secrets at risk.”
According to court files, Kingsbury, assigned to the FBI’s Kansas City Division, started getting rid of the files beginning in 2004 and endured through December 2017 while being positioned on suspension.
Many of the files, prosecutors claimed, “describe intelligence reasserts and techniques associated with U.S. authorities’ efforts to guard in opposition to counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber threats.”
“The documents consist of information on the FBI’s national goals and priorities, which includes specific open investigations throughout a couple of field offices,” prosecutors claimed. “In addition, there are documents regarding sensitive human supply operations in countrywide security investigations, intelligence gaps concerning adverse foreign intelligence offerings and terrorist organizations, and the technical abilities of the FBI in opposition to counterintelligence and counterterrorism targets.
“Some of the material, consistent with court files, provided data about terror operatives affiliated with al-Qaeda and a “suspected associate” of the group’s chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed ten years in the past by U.S. forces in Pakistan.