A journalist who was one of several US federal agents arrested by the FBI for leaking classified information to the press has gone public with a letter that she says she’s received from the bureau.
The letter was published on the hacker news website Hacker News, but the hacker community has reacted strongly to it, with many calling the writer a traitor, a criminal, a liar, a traitor and a fraud.
The letter was written in the style of a press release, but instead of announcing an arrest or prosecution, it just tells a reader to contact the FBI and tell them what she’s learned, including a link to a complaint she filed against the bureau for mishandling the case.
“This is an indictment of the FBI, and the FBI has violated the law, the Constitution, the rule of law and my conscience,” the letter reads.
“The FBI is lying and is trying to cover up the truth in order to punish me.
It is an egregious act.”
The letter, which is titled “FBI agent, whistleblower, agent of conscience,” says she was “forced to resign from the FBI” after the bureau accused her of leaking information to a news outlet in April of this year.
She said she was told the bureau had a policy that they would only investigate leaks to the media if there was a potential for harm to the bureau’s investigation or to the public.
That policy was later changed to only investigate disclosures that could have been harmful to the investigation or the public, she said.
She then said that was not true.
She was told by a FBI agent that there was nothing wrong with her leaking the information.
“I’m being charged with a crime, and I’m being held accountable,” she said in the letter.”FBI agents have long been known for their disregard for the rules of evidence and due process.
They are not supposed to be making public allegations against people for whom there is no case against them.
This is the first time I have seen a federal agent use this tactic against a journalist, who was not even charged with anything.
They have now made the FBI agent responsible for my crime.”
The FBI declined to comment.
The writer also told the news site that the bureau tried to make it clear that she was not guilty, even though she had nothing to do with the leak of the documents.
The FBI told the Guardian that they do not comment on pending cases.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.