18:04 GMT +320 October 2018
Listen Live
    Human Rights Act

    US Special Agent Tipped Off Syrian Terror Suspect to FBI Investigation

    © Flickr / Penn State
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    329

    Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) special agent Leatrice Malika De Bruhl-Daniels was arrested on Friday over accusations she shared classified information with a terror suspect ‒ Nada Diya ‒ with whom she was romantically involved.

    According to multiple media reports, Bruhl-Daniels met Diya in Dubai in 2016 while working at the US consulate there. She had been a special agent for nine years and had top-security clearance with access to sensitive information on some subjects.

    Diya was trying to get a tourist visa to visit the United States. Court documents say that Bruhl-Daniels contacted officials at the State Department and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), who informed her that both the DHS and FBI had their eyes on Diya in a counterterrorism probe.

    Bruhl-Daniels, despite being told to "Stay away from Diya," went on to form a romantic relationship with him and told him that if he came to the US he would be arrested.

    The criminal complaint against her says that Diya furnished her with lavish gifts, including a big birthday party in Dubai that State Department and active duty Navy members came to, loans to vacation in Greece, a job at his company for her son, a gold bracelet and a massage.

    Bruhl-Daniels said she paid him back for the $1,400 loan with booze. 

    In various messages to Diya, Bruhl-Daniels wrote that she was "deeply attracted" to him and assured him she was trying to sway federal officials to find him innocent. Diya had "some associates that are well known" to investigators, she said, telling him that she offered no more information to authorities besides what she believed would be exonerating. "I gave them no more than what I could to emphasize your innocence," she said, court documents allege. 

    NCIS agents confronted her about those messages in May. She said she didn't remember sending them but they were "pretty damn bad,"

    Diya was charged in Texas in September after he was caught in the US with fake identification papers that said he came from South America.

    Bruhl-Daniels was represented by a public defender when she appeared in court in Alexandria, Virginia, which borders Washington, DC, on Wednesday for a detention hearing.

    Related:

    Trump Says Reports on China Hacking Clinton's Classified Emails 'Very Big Story'
    US Senators Claim 9/11 Classified Docs May Reveal Terrorists' Foreign Ties
    Ordinary Guy: Edward Snowden's Life in Russia After Leaking Classified Data
    EU Urges Myanmar to Release Reporters Charged With Obtaining Classified Docs
    US Feds Charge New Yorker With Criminally Leaking Classified Info from CIA
    Classified Israeli Report Hints Trump-Kim Summit a Glorified Photo Op
    Devin Nunes to Receive Classified Report on Russiagate - Reports
    Trump: Some Files on Kennedy Assassination to Remain Classified Until 2021
    Tags:
    classified information, terrorism, leak, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), NCIS
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment