U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright told Terry James Albury, 39, who pleaded guilty earlier this year, that he “knowingly” committed the crime despite its illegality, according to The Associated Press.
He pleaded guilty in April to one count each of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and unauthorized retention of national defense information.
Defense attorneys for Albury reportedly requested he be given probation, maintaining that he acted patriotically and was morally conflicted by the FBI’s counterterrorism policies that he viewed as racial profiling.
Former FBI Agent Sentenced for Leaking Classified Information https://t.co/ZzArbx6Nbp — Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) October 18, 2018
“Every FBI agent has a solemn obligation to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure to safeguard our national security.
Before the judge handed down four year prison sentence, former FBI agent Terry Albury made a final statement: “I sincerely wanted to make a difference and never meant to put anyone in danger.” He accepted full responsibility. @KSTP pic.twitter.com/oU3It3pHcX
— Ryan Raiche (@ryanraiche) October 18, 2018