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Ex-U.S. Treasury employee pleads guilty to leaks linked to Russia probe

Added 01-13-20 07:10:03pm EST - “A former U.S. Treasury Department employee on Monday pleaded guilty to leaking c...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Ex-U.S. Treasury employee pleads guilty to leaks linked to Russia probe”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former U.S. Treasury Department employee on Monday pleaded guilty to leaking confidential documents relating to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and others to a reporter from digital media company BuzzFeed.

Natalie May Edwards, who was a senior adviser in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), entered her plea to a single conspiracy charge before U.S. District Judge Gregory Woods in Manhattan.

Edwards, 41, admitted that she disclosed so-called suspicious activity reports, which are submitted by banks to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, to a reporter without authorization using an encrypted messaging program.

Edwards’ lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, told reporters after the hearing that his client believed she had good reason for disclosing the reports.

“I think she was of the view that certain critical facts weren’t being handled the right way by the government agencies whose responsibility it is to handle these things,” Agnifilo said.

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