Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards admitted before Manhattan federal court Judge Gregory Woods to spilling secrets to a Buzzfeed reporter about the Mueller investigation and probes into Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and Russian agent Maria Butina.
The 41-year-old’s plea comes as she was approaching trial on charges including conspiracy to make unauthorized disclosures between October 2017 and October 2018 while working for the treasury department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
Prosecutors accused the Virginia woman, who was arrested in 2018, of passing along suspicious activity reports to a journalist. SARs are used to flag financial transactions that could indicate criminal conduct.
“I agreed to disclose a SAR knowing I was not allowed under the law to disclose it,” she told Woods during her emotional plea.
The information she passed along via encrypted app led to at least 12 articles, authorities said.
Edwards is described in court papers as a “Whistleblower,” but defense attorney Marc Agnifilo declined to confirm if his client had sought such status.
“I think she was of the view that certain facts weren’t being handled the right way by the government agencies whose responsibility it is to handle this,” Agnifilo said.
Edwards faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing, which is set for June 9.
Ms. Edwards, who leaked the documents related to the Manafort case, was interviewed by Ronan Farrow in 2018. It now looks like that was an attempt by her to set herself up as a whistle blower rather than the leaker she is:
Bingo. That was a CYA effort with the assist from Ronan Farrow.— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) October 17, 2018
She tried to set herself out as a whistleblower after the walls started closing in.
Key quote: “I immediately became concerned [about ‘missing’ records]. That’s why I came forward.”
The indictment shut that down https://t.co/GKsgatj21C
Ms. Edwards leaked the FinCEN documents to Jason Leopold, a reporter for BuzzFeed according to Wednesday’s announcement by Manhattan federal prosecutors. Hidden in the DOJ complaint is the fact that Edwards’s BOSS at FinCEN is a criminal co-conspirator and he holds the title of Associate Director.
Investigative reporter Sean Davis reported that there are only six positions at FinCEN with that title (associate director) –
The woman arrested for criminally leaking confidential bank information on Trump associates isn’t the only leaker. The DOJ complaint notes that HER BOSS at FinCEN is a criminal co-conspirator. There are only six positions at FinCEN with that title (associate director). pic.twitter.com/KadGyWrkz4
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 17, 2018
Additional reporting from Sean Davis shows that one of the Assistant Directors at FinCEN is Thomas Ott. Mr. Ott worked for Fusion GPS collaborator Bruce Ohr at the DOJ. Also, Mr. Ott worked for RICO with Andrew Weissmann at the DOJ –
He also worked RICO w/ Weissman (of SSCI) at DOJ.— Cara TXZEAL (@Cara_TXZEAL) October 17, 2018
Weissmann is part of the Mueller ‘witch hunt’. He is known for his seedy actions in the past. Weissmann destroyed thousands of Arthur Anderson lives in the early 2000’s when his actions were considered ‘over reaching’ by the courts. Unfortunately, Arthur Anderson was out of business when the verdict was received.
Also a couple of days before being added to the corrupt Mueller ‘witch hunt’ team, Weissmann met with AP reporters and then the AP released an article about suspicious financial activity by Manafort –
8. April 11, 2017 – Weissman (then DOJ Fraud Division) leaks to AP reporters information about alleged suspicious financial activity by Manafort:https://t.co/gYYJmLe1Ej
— REX (@_ImperatorRex_) October 18, 2018
It’s suspected that the AP article was sourced with information from Weissman and the only way Weissman could have supplied the information to the AP was through the FinCEN. This information is classified and if Weissmann provided it, it may have been leaked to him by the individuals indicted yesterday. (Remember Weissman and Mr. Ott are connected.)
8. AP publish the article below the day AFTER the meeting with Weissmann, April 12.
Er…where did Weissmann get this information? It could only be FinCEN sourced, as it related to Manafort suspicious activity as far back as 2007:https://t.co/sXYyOIU7Ht
— REX (@_ImperatorRex_) October 18, 2018
This may be the tip of the iceberg. Tony Shaffer, retired Intel Operative, states that many more need to be arrested and hints that more are yet to come –
As I said earlier this week – there’s many more leakers who need to be arrested – and more to come… https://t.co/fGwcYadLp8— Tony Shaffer (@T_S_P_O_O_K_Y) October 18, 2018