United States official charged with Russian Federation probe leak

24 2017 a man enters the Treasury Department building in Washington D.C

24 2017 a man enters the Treasury Department building in Washington D.C

The charges, whcih were unsealed Wednesday, allege that she leaked reports concerning not only Manafort, but his business associate Rick Gates, the Russian Embassy and alleged Russian spy Maria Butina, among others. Earlier this week, a former senior Senate staffer pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents in a separate leak investigation.

In an 18 page criminal complaint released today, the feds charged Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official in the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, with leaking "Suspicious Activity Reports" about certain financial transactions which were red-flagged by investigators.

The 40 year-old Edwards faces two charges which carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each - unauthorized disclosures of Suspicious Activity Reports, and one count of conspiracy to make such disclosures.

A FinCEN spokesman said Edwards has been placed on administrative leave, and declined to comment about Brailey.

Information from the disclosures was reported in 11 articles that appeared in Buzzfeed over the course of a year, prosecutors said.

Geoffrey Berman, the USA attorney in Manhattan, where the criminal complaint was filed, said Edwards "betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information".

Matt Mittenthal, a spokesman for BuzzFeed, had no immediate comment and FinCEN did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A spokeswoman for the US Attorney's office declined to comment.

Edwards was questioned by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Tuesday in Virginia as they carried out a court-ordered search warrant to access her cellphone and to search her personally.

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EDWARDS had access to each of the pertinent SARs and saved them - along with thousands of other files containing sensitive government information - to a flash drive provided to her by FinCEN.

"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", Berman said.

Goldstone in an email called it "outrageous" that his "personal and private regular banking details were leaked to Buzzfeed in order to create a salacious story".

"Edwards began communicating with the unidentified reporter in July 2017, according to prosecutors", Bloomberg reported.

When questioned by law-enforcement officials at the time of her arrest, she confessed that she had provided the reports to the reporter, according to the complaint. The complaint lists the titles of multiple articles allegedly based on the leaked reports, titles that match published Buzzfeed articles.

The boss, referred to in court papers as Edwards "co-conspirator", was not identified in court papers.

On Wednesday, the judge in Virginia said Edwards's next court appearance will be in NY, prior to November 2.

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