Former FBI agent pleads guilty to sharing classified documents
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Apr 18, 2018
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.