There are Still Heroes: FBI Whistleblower Exposing Agency’s Racial Targeting Gets Four Years in Prison


Former FBI Special Agent Terry Albury received a four-year prison sentence on Thursday for leaking documents to the press that he thought exposed wrongdoing at the FBI.

Albury was charged for leaking classified national defense information and retaining such information in April. He pleaded guilty.

Albury was motivated to leak information based on “the racism he witnessed throughout his career at the FBI and in the ways in which the bureau interacted with the communities it policed – particularly the Somali-American community,” The Intercept reported Thursday, citing Albury’s attorneys.

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Albury “served the US with distinction both here at home and abroad in Iraq,” his attorneys said in April. “He accepts full responsibility for the conduct set forth in the Information. He would like to add that as the only African-American FBI field agent in Minnesota, Mr. Albury’s actions were driven by a conscientious commitment to long-term national security and addressing the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI.”It is widely believed that Albury leaked information to The Intercept for a series called “The FBI’s Secret Rules,” which includes articles entitled “Despite anti-profiling rules, the FBI uses race and religion when deciding who to target,” “Secret rules make it pretty easy for the FBI to spy on journalists,” “When informants are no longer useful, the FBI can help deport them” and “How the FBI conceals its payments to confidential sources.”

It’s not clear how many documents from Albury were used in The Intercept’s series and what information the national news outlet was able to obtain from other sources. “A whistleblower who exposed systemic abuses at the FBI is set to be sentenced today,” Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald tweeted Thursday. “He should be honored, not imprisoned.”

​US District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright stated that Albury’s disclosure “put our country at risk.”

“It’s too late to undo the damage from the decisions you made; it’s not too late to move forward,” Wright said, Minnesota’s Star Tribune reported.
In a statement, Freedom of the Press Foundation senior reporter Peter Sterne said Albury’s incarceration is part of a “disturbing trend.”

“Albury’s 48-month sentence is one of the longest sentences ever received in a federal court for leaking information to the press. It’s part of a disturbing trend, which began during the Obama administration and has accelerated under the Trump administration, of the criminalization of the reporting process,” Sterne wrote Thursday.

Sterne took issue with the notion that Albury’s disclosures put the nation at risk. “The government failed to provide evidence to support this claim, and nothing could be further from the truth. Albury’s disclosures presumably informed the American people about the controversial tactics that FBI agents are trained to use to recruit informants and to surveil journalists. These tactics put all Americans’ First Amendment rights at risk.”

“He is owed a debt of gratitude, not a prison sentence

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  1. FBI Special Agent Terry Albury
    “At the FBI, Albury worked in counterterrorism at an office at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Barodi, the former FBI analyst, speculated on what that might have entailed. “His job was basically to hunt down and harass Somali Muslims in Minneapolis,” he said. “That was his job. That’s what drove him nuts.””
    US District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright
    “Wright was born on January 13, 1964 in Norfolk, Virginia.[1] Growing up, her mother had to advocate for her to receive equal education due to ongoing resistance to integration.[2] She went on to study literature at Yale University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree, and received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.[3][4][5]”
    Judge Wright is a lying lawyer stooge to protect the criminal racially prejudiced activities of the secret corrupt gestapo FBI. The FBI is so ignorant they still believe, after over 17 years, that Muslims did 9/11/01 when a mountain of evidence proves the thugs in Israel did it. Shame, shame, shame on them.
    Read the book “IBM and the Corruption of Justice in America” by Earl Carey, 1992. All Carey wanted was a simple jury trial as “guaranteed” by Amendments 5,6 and 7 but no dice, 42 lying lawyer federal judges denied him that Constitutional right. He lists them by name and location. The FBI is just as corrupt a cesspool as our corrupt judicial system and our whole Congress most of which whores

    • …most of which whores are dual citizens with Israel. This country is gone and perhaps never was as presented in lying history books which never get corrected. Secrecy is the enemy of the truth. Terry Albury is a hero in the same spirit as Chaplain Captain Charlie Angelo Liteky, Medal of Honor winner who returned the medal after he became aware his government had lied to him about the reasons for his service. He spent two years in federal prison for demonstrating at the corrupt School of the Americas in Georgia and even gave up a lifetime pension as well. Both of these fine Americans are national heroes.

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