A former employee of the US Treasury Department will go to prison for six months for disclosing information about the Russian Embassy in Washington and other confidential information to the media.
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards was sentenced to six months in federal prison for illegally disclosing suspicious activity reports and other information. At the Ministry of Finance, she worked as a senior adviser in the Office for the implementation of legislation in the field of financial crimes.
It is noted that Sours Edwards gave information about the Russian Embassy in the United States, about Maria Butina, Paul Manafort, and the company Prevezon Alexander. For a year (approximately from October 2017 to October 2018), the official provided confidential text documents and photographs to journalists.
So, in American publications, data appeared on the financing of the Russian Embassy in Washington, while no official claims were made. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that such cases are unacceptable.
The US Federal prosecutor in New York, Audrey Strauss, stressed that Sours Edwards was punished for abuse of power.
вЂњThe defendant did not justify the trust and pursued her own interests, violated the law, and now for her actions will go to federal prison,вЂќ Strauss said.
Earlier, the American was jailed for 15 years for spying on Russia. Peter Debbins, an employee of the US Army special forces вЂњGreen BeretsвЂќ, said that he was a victim of Russian intelligence and feared retribution for his admission of working for Moscow.