Who is Kendra Kingsbury?
Kendra Kingsbury is a former FBI analyst with top-secret security clearance who was indicted this week on charges that she illegally took numerous national security documents, including materials related to al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, and kept them in her home over the course of more than a decade.
She was charged May 18 with two counts of having unauthorized possession of documents relating to the national defense.
Kingsbury was arrested and the indictment was unsealed May 21.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 22, 2021
How old is Kendra Kingsbury?
Kendra Kingsbury, from Dodge City, Kansas, is 48 years old as of the year 2021.
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One batch of documents involved “internal correspondence” about a suspected bin Laden associate in Africa, according to the indictment. The files were from 2005 and 2006, when bin Laden, who masterminded the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was alive and on the run from U.S. forces.
Prosecutors didn’t indicate a motive for Kingsbury’s alleged offenses but said they zeroed in on her as part of their work to root out “insider threats” within the bureau. “The breadth and depth of classified national security information retained by the defendant for more than a decade is simply astonishing,” Alan E. Kohler Jr. assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, said in a statement.
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Kingsbury is scheduled to be arraigned on June 1. It wasn’t immediately clear whether she had an attorney.
A message left at a phone number listed for her wasn’t immediately returned Saturday afternoon.
Kingsbury is not accused of leaking any of the documents she allegedly stored at home. But prosecutors say she was aware she wasn’t allowed to possess them.
The U.S. government has strict rules for who can view classified information and under what circumstances. The process is outlined in a series of executive orders, requiring officials to sign a nondisclosure agreement, receive a security clearance, and have a “need to know” the classified information before they see it.
Kingsbury knew the requirements, according to the indictment. She worked as an FBI intelligence analyst for more than 13 years, from June 2004 until Dec. 15, 2017, during which time she received training on the different types of classified information and how to handle them, according to the indictment.
She was also assigned to different FBI “squads” focused on issues such as illegal drug trafficking, violent crime, violent gangs and counterintelligence. Prosecutors say she had access to sensitive materials at a secure area of the FBI’s Kansas City Division and through secure government computer systems.
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Another count of the indictment charges Kingsbury with taking several “intelligence notes,” a presentation, an assessment, an evaluation document, and other materials dated between 2008 and 2014. Investigators said some of the papers described specific open investigations across multiple field offices.
There sure do seem to be a lot of US intel folks who don’t know they’re not allowed to take classified materials home. DOJ says FBI intel analyst Kendra Kingsbury, 48, has been charged for illegally removing numerous documents found in her home.https://t.co/ycbLXm6mZD
— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) May 21, 2021
Others discussed “human source operations in national security investigations, intelligence gaps regarding hostile foreign intelligence services and terrorist organizations, and the technical capabilities of the FBI against counterintelligence and counterterrorism targets,” according to the indictment.
“Kingsbury was not authorized to remove and retain these sensitive government materials…”