Treasury Official Arrested And Charged For Leaking Info On Russia And Manafort [VIDEO]

Treasury Official Arrested And Charged For Leaking Info On Russia And Manafort [VIDEO]

Treasury Official Arrested And Charged For Leaking Info On Russia And Manafort [VIDEO]

A Treasury official has been arrested and charged for stealing and leaking major bank information regarding Russia, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, and even Maria Butina.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards , a senior adviser at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, known as FinCEN, was accused of leaking Suspicious Activity Reports to a reporter, who isn’t identified. The articles cited by prosecutors were written by journalists at BuzzFeed — the most recent having been published Oct. 15.

Oh but that’s not all. From the same report we find that this has gone on for over a year!

Edwards began communicating with the unidentified reporter in July 2017, according to prosecutors. Between October 2017 and January 2018, she saved thousands of FinCEN files, including all the SARs cited in the case.

The Department of Justice is not amused. 

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior-level FinCEN employee, allegedly betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information contained in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to an individual not authorized to receive them.  SARs, which are filed confidentially by banks and other financial institutions to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions, are not public documents, and it is an independent federal crime to disclose them outside of one’s official duties.  We hope today’s charges remind those in positions of trust within government agencies that the unlawful sharing of sensitive documents will not be tolerated and will be met with swift justice by this Office.”

Read the entire DOJ release here, and the criminal complaint here.

Folks, she had 24,000 SARS on the thumb drive – yes that is TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND. She is charged with two counts and is facing at least 10 years in prison because of this.Q

Quite a number of the transactions involved Manafort, Gates, a Russian company called Prevezon, and Michael Cohen and the payments made to them or by them.

Bloomberg was able to find a few of the news articles that Buzzfeed wrote using information that Edwards fed them, even one from two days ago!

  • Here’s How A Major Western Bank Enabled A Suspected Russian Money Launderer (Oct. 15, 2018)
  • The Planners Of The Trump Tower Meeting Moved Millions, And Mueller Is Now Investigating (Sept. 21, 2018)
  • A Series Of Suspicious Money Transfers Followed The Trump Tower Meeting (Sept. 12, 2018)
  • Here Is The Money Trail From The Russian “Agent” And Her Republican Partner(July 31, 2018)
  • These 13 Wire Transfers Are A Focus Of The FBI Probe Into Paul Manafort(Oct. 29, 2017)

I wonder how long it takes before Buzzfeed tries to memory hole all those articles??

Oh, now that’s interesting. Especially given that we were told Mueller is supposed to deliver key findings after the mid-terms.

How does this latest arrest affect the investigation? Of course, LOTS of folks are pointing the finger and saying Trump GOTCHA!

But is that really the case here?

She’s a ‘whistleblower??!!’ She did this for record keeping? Wow. That’s a lot of files for mere record keeping. Especially since it is a major crime to disclose ANY of that information to anyone outside the Treasury.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Edwards will appear in court later this afternoon. In the meantime, given this latest, what kind of impact does this have on Manafort’s conviction? What kind of impact does this have on Mueller’s Russia probe?

UPDATE: This mess gets swampier. In the criminal complaint we now find that Edward’s BOSS, an Associate Director, is ALSO implicated.

There are only six positions at Treasury with that title. Right now, FinCEN is refusing to identify which person that is. Perhaps it’s because they are waiting for the Feds to arrest him/her? Essentially both people violated significant rules and regulations.

Exit Question: Did Buzzfeed’s Jason Leopold know this information was essentially stolen? If so, why isn’t he under arrest as well?

Feature Photo Credit: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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4 Comments
  • Cameron says:

    Until these people start getting buried under the jail and their families are too scared to even speak their names any more, nothing noteworthy is going to happen.

  • Richard Nader says:

    Where the people fear the Government, there is Tyrrany… Where the Government fear the people, there is Liberty. Thomas Jefferson.

    We The People need to instill some fear of the law into the Bureaucracy!

  • GWB says:

    She’s a ‘whistleblower??!!
    You people keep using that word. I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

    If so, why isn’t he under arrest as well?
    Because – barring libel – it’s not illegal to report already purloined information. It’s just illegal to purloin it in the first place. (see “Pentagon Papers” for court decisions)

  • Mike W says:

    What difference do Mueller’s findings make? The FISA warrants were obtained illegally so Mueller is tainted – everything he has done will be vacated in a REAL court.

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