Former Treasury Worker Pleads Guilty to Leaking Secrets About Manafort and Others

A former Treasury employee has pled guilty to leaking documents about Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and others.

According to The Daily Mail:

A former U.S. Treasury Department senior adviser pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy after leaking confidential banking reports related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

Natalie Edwards, 41, of Quinton, Virginia, disclosed suspicious activity reports connected to Paul Manafort, his longtime associate Rick Gates, the Russian embassy and others from October 2017, prosecutors said.   

Those leaks became the basis for a series of articles that appeared in BuzzFeed about Mueller’s investigation of whether President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign coordinated with Russia, prosecutors said.

The former senior adviser at Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network was said to have been carrying a flash drive with the confidential reports and a phone containing encrypted chats with a reporter at the time of her arrest in October 2018.

The plea brings her potential prison sentence down to 0-6 months. Her sentencing date is June 9th.

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