JUST IN: U.S. Official Arrested, Criminally Charged For Leaking Confidential Documents in Russia Probe

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Cristina Laila
TheGatewayPundit.com
October 17, 2018

On Tuesday, a U.S. official was arrested and criminally charged for leaking confidential financial documents relating to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, the Russian embassy and accused Russian spy Maria Butina.

Natalie May Edwards, the senior advisor in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network who was arrested Tuesday, leaked the documents to a reporter for BuzzFeed according to a Wednesday announcement by Manhattan federal prosecutors.

Reuters reported:

“Natalie May Edwards, a senior adviser in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), was arrested on Tuesday and charged with unauthorized disclosure of suspicious activity reports, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman. She was expected to make an initial appearance in Virginia federal court later in the day.

Suspicious activity reports are submitted by banks to alert law enforcement to potentially illegal transactions. Prosecutors said that beginning in October 2017, Edwards disclosed suspicious activity reports connected to Manafort and his longtime associate Richard Gates, the Russian embassy and accused Russian spy Maria Butina.

The disclosures were reported in a series of articles in BuzzFeed related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible coordination between U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia, according to prosecutors.

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