Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Treasury Employee Accused of Leaking Confidential Manafort Docs to BuzzFeed

Treasury Employee Accused of Leaking Confidential Manafort Docs to BuzzFeed

The SARs reports that Edwards allegedly released pertain to, among others, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, the Russian Embassy, Mariia Butina, and Prevezon Alexander. Earlier this week, a former senior Senate staffer pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents in a separate leak investigation.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior official at the department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, also known as FinCEN, is accused of leaking several confidential suspicious activity reports to a journalist, whose name was not disclosed in court papers. Each charge can be punished with five years of prison maximum.

Stephen Hudak, a spokesman for FinCEN, said Edwards had been placed on administrative leave.

The press release doesn't identify the stories or the reporter but the criminal complaint lists the dates of more than 10 Buzzfeed stories and includes the headlines of some of them.

Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, said Edwards "betrayed her position of trust by repeatedly disclosing highly sensitive information".

Matt Mittenthal, a spokesman for BuzzFeed, had no immediate comment.

According to the Washington Post, Edwards has already been released on $100,000 bond and will be expected to appear for a November 2 court date in the Southern District of NY.

The indictment said Edwards, 40, leaked official "suspicious activity reports" (SARS) that banks file with FinCEN to alert them of potentially illegal transactions.

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Edwards admitted to accessing SARs on her computer, photographing them and sending them via encrypted message to the reporter.

When federal agents confronted Ms Edwards this week, she described herself as a whistleblower and said she had provided the reports to the reporter for "record-keeping", the court papers said. On August 2, 2018, for example, Edwards and the reporter exchanged 541 messages, the indictment says.

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". She also sent the reporter internal government emails related to the reports as well as other non-public material, including investigative memos, according to the complaint.

In February, BuzzFeed reported that eight banks filed 23 "suspicious activity reports" between 2004 and 2014 for accounts linked to Manafort.

The disclosures began around October 2017, the complaint said, and continued for a year.

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.

She was allegedly in possession of the flash drive on which she stored the SARs, as well as the cellphone she allegedly used to leak them.

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

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