A veteran former employee at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is facing jail time.
President Joe Biden’s U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday the indictment of former FBI analyst Kendra Kingsbury for allegedly removing and retaining highly sensitive government documents and storing them in her home, according to the Daily Caller.
The 48-year-old ex-analyst is a resident of Dodge City, Kansas. She was employed as an intelligence analyst for the Kansas City FBI Office for over 12 years until her suspension in 2017, reports said.
The DOJ announcement further revealed that Kingsbury “was assigned to several different FBI squads during that time, including squads that focused on illegal drug trafficking, violent crime, violent gangs, and counterintelligence,” adding that she “held a top-secret security clearance,” which provided her “access to national defense and classified information.”
Why is she in trouble?
According to a Justice Department press release on Kingsbury’s indictment, the former FBI analyst is accused of taking sensitive and otherwise classified U.S. government documents from the FBI office she worked in and then storing the documents at her residence, which violates serious federal laws.
Kingsbury currently faces two counts of having unauthorized possession of documents related to national defense information, in addition to other classified documents.
“Count one of the federal indictment relates to numerous documents classified at the secret level that describe intelligence sources and methods related to U.S. government efforts to defend against counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber threats,” the DOJ statement read.
“Count two of the federal indictment relates to numerous documents classified at the secret level that describe intelligence sources and methods related to U.S. government efforts to collect intelligence on terrorist groups,” the statement read, adding that the documents contained sensitive information related to Al Qaeda groups in Africa, along with information about a “suspected associate of Usama bin Laden.”
John C. Demers, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s National Security Division, accused Kingsbury of having “violated our nation’s trust.”
“As an intelligence analyst for the FBI, the defendant was entrusted with access to sensitive government materials,” he said. “Kingsbury is alleged to have violated our nation’s trust by stealing and retaining classified documents in her home for years. Insider threats are a significant danger to our national security, and we will continue to work relentlessly to identify, pursue and prosecute individuals who pose such a threat.”
Alan E. Kohler, the junior assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, said that “the breadth and depth of classified national security information retained by the defendant for more than a decade is simply astonishing.”
Kingsbury is facing up to 10 years in prison if a federal trial jury finds her guilty of the charges, according to the Daily Caller.