BREAKING: U.S. Treasury senior official arrested, charged with leaking info on ex-Trump advisers
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A U.S. Treasury employee has been arrested on charges that she leaked to BuzzFeed News multiple reports about suspicious financial transactions involving ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, law-enforcement officials said.
The highly confidential documents allegedly leaked by the employee also were related to former Trump campaign official Richard Gates, accused Russian agent Maria Butina, a suspected Russian money launderering entity and the Russian Embassy in Washington, according to a criminal complaint.
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a 40-year-old senior advisor in Treasury’s financial crimes enforcement network who was arrested Tuesday, will face federal criminal charges in New York, officials said.
She is charged with unlawfully disclosing so-called suspicious activity reports, or SARS, and conspiracy to do the same. Both felony counts carry a maxmium potential sentence of five years in prison.
The report also stated:
At the time of her arrest, according to federal prosecutors in Manhattan, she “was in possession of a flash drive” that appeared to be the same device “on which she saved the unlawfully disclosed SARs.”
Also in her possession was “a cellphone containing numerous communications over an encrypted application in which she transmitted SARs and other sensitive government information” illegally, prosecutors said.
BREAKING / NBC News: Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards has been arrested by the FBI and will face federal charges for leaking FinCEN Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to media organizations.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) October 17, 2018
FULL STORY HERE: https://t.co/VFOGg4X3L0
The documents were all part of investigations being run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Southern District of New York, and the National Security Division of the Justice Department.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) October 17, 2018
Bloomberg: The US has arrested a Treasury Department employee, Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, for leaking confidential bank records pertaining to Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, the Russian Embassy and Maria Butina, who’s been accused of being a Russian agent https://t.co/tG6Q5X1GXM
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) October 17, 2018
DOJ alleges that the FinCen employee, Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, saved 24,000 suspicious activity reports to a thumb drive. pic.twitter.com/90bZ6sFeCZ
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) October 17, 2018
The official, Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, 40 years old, illegally disclosed the documents, known as Suspicious Activity Reports, to a reporter for BuzzFeed News, according to the complaint and a person familiar with the matter.https://t.co/UCBXU39O4T
— erica orden (@eorden) October 17, 2018
The other notable part of that footnote: Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards filed an “unrelated” whistleblower complaint and reached out to congressional staffers about it. ⬇️ https://t.co/Cvq4cOgMdM
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) October 17, 2018
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 17, 2018
U.S. Treasury employee arrested on charges of leaking confidential information about financial transactions to media. https://t.co/kxErlUOHQp
— CNBC (@CNBC) October 17, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) October 17, 2018
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