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Former FBI agent pleads guilty to sharing classified documents

Admitting that his actions put America at risk, a former special agent of the FBI pleaded guilty in federal court to sharing classified information with the media.

Terry J. Albury on April 17 pleaded guilty in the District of Minnesota in connection with his unauthorized disclosure and retention of classified national defense information.

“Today’s guilty plea should serve as a reminder to those who are entrusted with classified information that the Justice Department will hold them accountable," U.S. Attorney Doherty-McCormick, said.

According to the Justice Department, Albury worked as an FBI special agent in the Minneapolis field office as well as with Customs and Border Protection at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as a liaison— duties that provided him access to sensitive and classified FBI and other U.S. government information.

During that tenure, he gave classified documents to a news reporter and attempted to avoid detection by manipulating the documents by cutting and pasting. He also accessed documents on a classified computer and took pictures of a the computer screen, and kept secret level information at his home.

“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," Special Agent in Charge Stephen Laycock, said. “No one is above the law and the FBI will continue to investigate individuals who disclose classified material to those who are not authorized to receive it,” he added.

Albury pleaded guilty to one count of making an unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and one count of unlawful retention of national defense information.   He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each count.

Reader comments

Wed, May 16, 2018

Scum and the epitome of corrupt dirty employee who deserves the most minimal needs in prison. Make an example and let him decompose is a work camp.

Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Hope he gets lammed in the can! Maybe he can do something good for society like make furniture, clean up chemical dumps with a shovel and bucket or paint road divide lines in the Sonoma desert roads. A quality fine person like that deserves all that is going to come his way. Maybe he could take some advice from Hansen and Ames other national heros of the Soviet Union!

Wed, Apr 25, 2018

Comrade Terry Albury (ultimate idiot and minion) should get a one way all expense paid trip to the Levenworth Prison and a roommate of his choice voted by the prison inmates council of friendly forward thinking outstanding citizens.

Tue, Apr 24, 2018

You cheat, lie, steal and endanger the nation, maybe it is time for old sparky or a nice labor camp in New Mexico or Arizona.

Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Time for a new friend in the big house ... maybe even a new companion for the long cold nights.

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