Former FBI Analyst from Dodge City Charged with Illegally Storing Classified Documents

Judd WeilMay 24, 2021

Kendra Kingsbury, 48, of Dodge City and an employee of the FBI’s Kansas City Division has been indicted on federal charges of storing classified documents and other national security information at her home for more than a decade, the United States Department of Justice announced on May 21.

 

Kingsbury was charged in a two-count  indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 18.

 

That indictment was unsealed and made public on May 21 upon Kingsbury’s arrest and initial court appearance in the District of Kansas.

 

“As an intelligence analyst for the FBI, the defendant was entrusted with access to sensitive government materials,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Kingsbury is alleged to have violated our nation’s trust by stealing and retaining classified documents in her home for years. Insider threats are a significant danger to our national security, and we will continue to work relentlessly to identify, pursue and prosecute individuals who pose such a threat.”

 

The federal indictment alleges Kingsbury improperly removed sensitive government materials, including national defense information and classified documents from June 2004 to Dec. 15, 2017.

 

Kingsbury allegedly retained these materials in her personal residence.

 

“The breadth and depth of classified national security information retained by the defendant for more than a decade is simply astonishing,” said Alan E. Kohler, Jr. Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “The defendant, who’s well trained in handling classified information, put her country’s sensitive secrets at risk. The FBI will go to great lengths to investigate individuals who put their own interests above U.S. national security, including when the individual is an FBI employee.”

 

Kingsbury worked as an intelligence analyst for more than 12 years in the Kansas City Division of the FBI, where she was assigned to several different FBI squads during that time, including squads that focused on illegal drug trafficking, violent crime, violent gangs, and counterintelligence.

 

She was placed on suspension in December 2017.

 

 

Kingsbury held top secret security clearance and had access to national defense and classified information.

 

“Every FBI employee swears to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” said Special Agent in Charge Timothy Langan of the FBI Kansas City Field Office. “With that oath comes the obligation to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure to safeguard our national security. Kingsbury’s actions are a betrayal of trust not only to the FBI but also the American people. They can be reassured that the FBI takes any and all allegations of wrongdoing by employees with the utmost gravity and remains committed to investigating these allegations to the fullest extent.”

 

The federal indictment charges Kingsbury with two counts of having unauthorized possession of documents relating to the national defense.

 

The first count relates to numerous documents classified at the secret level that describe intelligence sources and methods related to U.S. government efforts to defend against counterterrorism, counterintelligence and cyber threats.

 

The documents include details on the FBI’s nationwide objectives and priorities, including specific open investigations across multiple field offices.

 

Additionally, there are documents relating to sensitive 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.

 

The second count relates to numerous documents classified at the secret level that describe intelligence sources and methods related to U.S. government efforts to collect intelligence on terrorist groups.

 

The documents include information about al Qaeda members on the African continent, including a suspected associate of Usama bin Laden. In addition, there are documents regarding the activities of emerging terrorists and their efforts to establish themselves in support of al Qaeda in Africa.

 

The indictment attests, Kingsbury was not authorized to remove and retain these sensitive government materials, nor did she have a need to know most, if not all, of the information contained in those materials.

 

Kingsbury knew the unauthorized removal of classified materials and transportation and storage of those materials in unauthorized locations risked disclosure and transmission of those materials, and therefore could endanger the national security of the United States and the safety of its citizens.

 

She also knew that violating the rules governing the handling of classified information could result in criminal prosecution.

 

“Our community’s safety and our nation’s security were jeopardized by this criminal behavior,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore for the Western District of Missouri. “Those entrusted with such grave responsibility must be held accountable if they violate their oath and betray their country. I appreciate the diligence and professionalism with which the FBI thoroughly investigated one of their own and brought the perpetrator to justice.”

 

The charges contained in the indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick C. Edwards and David Raskin in the Western District of Missouri, with the assistance of DOJ Trial Attorney Scott Claffee with the Counterintelligence & Export Control Section of the National Security Division.

 

It was investigated by the FBI Field Office in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

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