Former FBI employee Kendra Kingsbury was indicted this week for retaining security documents at her home for more than a decade, according to The Daily Caller.
Kingsbury, 48, of Dodge City, Kansas, held a top-secret security clearance while working for the agency and reportedly removed sensitive materials from government buildings and kept them at her home, beginning in 2004.
The former agent was eventually suspended in 2017, according to a Friday press release by the DOJ. Several of the agency’s primary figures weighed in on the arrest and indictment:
“Kingsbury is alleged to have violated our nation’s trust by stealing and retaining classified documents in her home for years. Insider threats are a significant danger to our national security, and we will continue to work relentlessly to identify, pursue and prosecute individuals who pose such a threat,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
“The breadth and depth of classified national security information retained by the defendant for more than a decade is simply astonishing,” said Alan E. Kohler, Jr. Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division.
“The defendant, who’s well trained in handling classified information, put her country’s sensitive secrets at risk. The FBI will go to great lengths to investigate individuals who put their own interests above U.S. national security, including when the individual is an FBI employee.”
Special Agent in Charge Timothy Langan of the FBI Kansas City Field Office seemed particularly grieved, saying in his statement that “Every FBI employee swears to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
“With that oath comes the obligation to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure to safeguard our national security. Kingsbury’s actions are a betrayal of trust not only to the FBI but also the American people. They can be reassured that the FBI takes any and all allegations of wrongdoing by employees with the utmost gravity and remain committed to investigating these allegations to the fullest extent.”
According to The Daily Caller’s report, Kingsbury faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if found guilty.