Another leaker has been caught and punished. Ex-FBI agent Terry James Albury was just sentenced to four years in prison for leaking classified information to the press.
FOX News reports:
Ex-FBI agent sentenced for leaking classified documents to reporter
A Minnesota judge on Thursday sentenced a former FBI agent to four years behind bars after the man reportedly confessed to giving classified defense documents to a reporter.
U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright told Terry James Albury, 39, who pleaded guilty earlier this year, that he “knowingly” committed the crime despite its illegality, according to The Associated Press.
“You did so willingly. You knew that what you did was a criminal act, and you knew that you were putting the nation’s security at risk,” the judge told Albury.
The 4-year prison term matches the seriousness of the crime, Wright said, and should serve as a deterrent to others.
Prosecutors labeled Albury’s actions a betrayal of the public’s trust when he stole more than 70 documents, dozens of which were considered classified, The Associated Press reported. A “secret” document pertaining to how the bureau assesses confidential informants was reportedly among the records he provided to an online news organization.
Before the judge handed down four year prison sentence, former FBI agent Terry Albury made a final statement: “I sincerely wanted to make a difference and never meant to put anyone in danger.” He accepted full responsibility. @KSTP pic.twitter.com/oU3It3pHcX
— Ryan Raiche (@ryanraiche) October 18, 2018
How many more will there be? Now that people are actually going to jail, will it discourage others?