A Minnesota-based FBI agent has been charged by the Justice Department with leaking confidential information to the media.
Terry J. Albury, a special agent at the FBI's Minneapolis office, is the subject of federal charges filed in Minnesota this week.
It comes amid a wider effort by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to crack down on leaks within the Justice Department.
He is facing two charges, one of which relates to him allegedly leaking to a national outlet information detailing how the FBI assesses confidential informants, as well as a document relating to threats posed by individuals in a Middle Eastern country.
He did this some time from February 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017 "in the District of Minnesota and elsewhere."
While the publication he leaked it to hasn't been mentioned, the Star Tribune notes how Jan. 31, 2017 was the same day The Intercept published a piece on how the bureau assesses potential informants.
He has also been charged with "unauthorized retention of National Defense Information," after failing to hand over a document "relating to the use of an online platform for recruitment by a specific terrorist group" between Apr. 7 and Aug. 28, 2017.
Sessions in November revealed his department was probing 27 leaks of classified information, CNN reports, which marks a sharp increase in leak investigations compared to previous years.