Senior Treasury Official Charged With Leaking Material Related To Russian Investigation

In what could prove the most serious leak prosecution in decades, senior Treasure Department official  Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, 40, has been charged with leaking information to the news organization, Buzzfeed, that she removed from her work at  Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). According to the criminal complaint,  she was the source of leaked financial information on Paul Manafort, Maria Butina and other suspects charged in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.  While she allegedly first sought to conceal her relationship with a report and denied any contacts with the media, she later claimed to be a whistleblower. That is not likely to help her. She was reportedly found with a drive or memory device containing information in what could prove a lengthy sentence if convicted.

She is accused of releasing “Suspicious Activity Reports” on potentially illegal transactions sent from bank.  This included photographing material surreptitiously.  One just one day in August she allegedly “exchanged approximately 541 messages” with the reporter via an encrypted app and continued to use the same app to send the documents.

She is charged with one count of “unauthorized disclosures of suspicious activity reports” and one count of “conspiracy to make unauthorized disclosures of suspicious activity reports.”

89 thoughts on “Senior Treasury Official Charged With Leaking Material Related To Russian Investigation”

  1. She’s an Analyst, likely a GS-14. So she’s not a “Senior Treasury Official.” She’s not an “official” at all. She would be considered a mid to high level civil service employee.

  2. The only Shakespeare role that The Donald could fulfill is Glendower and I have my doubts about that.

  3. i would add that disclosing SARs or even vanilla form 104s for t/a of $10 k or more is a very serious crime. it endangers all the people who are doing presumptively lawful activities and exposes them to crime. having cash now is lawful but makes one a target to thieves and grifters. i think once she has had due process she should be incarcerated with consecutive sentences stacked up for 100 years or so

    this is indeed part of the reason we need to push the mass surveillance of lawful public activies back a notch, imagine if there were ten times the number of creepy ladies there like this. they could search and destroy all of us if they had a list

    and you can bet we are all on a bunch of lists!

  4. Off topic. Fan that threw beer and flipped off Kansas City Chief player. Looks like the matter has been handed over to the Foxboro police department. Possibly 2 misdemeanor charges.

    1. David Benson is the King of Making Stuff Up and owes me seventeen citations (one from the OED) and the source of a quotation, after nineteen weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on. The Donald is more Othello with the press/DNC/NeverTrumpers as Iago.

  5. On the topic of Leaks: Jimmy carter came out today and blasted Kavanaugh for his alleged sex assault charges from high school days and for his composure at the Senate Hearing on his confirmation. Jimmy Carter won’t address the allegations that he had sex with a dead alligator back in George in 9th grade. Jimmy, Jimmy bo Jimmy, fanna fanna bo bemmie.

      1. Yes! I just figured out how to do it, too! Let me try an image after this. Are you doing it the same way I am, by going thru another wordpress link???

        I did it by tying in thru my Birther Think Tank page, where the comment thingy shows up in the little bell.

        Squeeky Fromm
        Girl Reporter

  6. Happy Halloween everyone

    The bride of Chucky doll is on the lose….And up to no good…Sit back & learn from the master.

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