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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A longtime staffer of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee was arrested on Thursday on charges of lying to FBI agents investigating the illegal disclosure of classified information, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia said.

James Wolfe, who worked for the committee as director of security for about 29 years, allegedly lied to FBI agents in December about his contacts with three reporters, U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu said in a statement.

The article goes on to state the following:

As director of security, Wolfe, 58, was responsible for safeguarding all classified information in the committee’s possession, the statement said.

The FBI was conducting a criminal investigation “into multiple unauthorized disclosures of classified information to one or more members of the news media,” according to the indictment.

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