By Rachel Weiner and Ellen Nakashima
A former Minnesota FBI agent who shared classified information with the media was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday.
Terry J. Albury, who had served in the agency since 2001, admitted earlier this year that he shared secret FBI documents on recruiting informants and threats from an unspecified Middle Eastern country with a reporter.
He provided at least 25 documents, 16 of which were classified, according to court documents.
“I apologize to everyone I have hurt as a result of my actions, especially, my family, my co-workers in California and Minneapolis, and my colleagues in the law enforcement community,” Albury wrote in a letter to the court.
Albury’s sentencing in federal court in St. Paul, Minn., comes a day after prosecutors charged a senior Treasury Department employee with leaking sensitive financial information to a reporter. The cases are part of a crackdown by the Trump administration on leaks to the media.
On Thursday, Judge Wilhelmina Wright sentenced Terry Albury to 48 months in prison, telling him that his disclosure “put our country at risk.”
Burhan Mohumed was home alone one afternoon in July 2016, when two FBI agents knocked on his apartment door in the West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis and asked to be let in. They wanted to talk to him, they said through the door, about “radicalism in the community.” In three days, Mohumed was set to co-host a community event about the government’s controversial Countering Violent Extremism program, which many in Minneapolis’s large Somali-American community saw as surveillance and harassment of Muslims under the guise of outreach. Some of Mohumed’s friends had already received visits from the FBI, and he knew they were on a quest to recruit informants. Without opening the door, he took his phone and started recording.