A former US Senate Intelligence Committee staffer appeared in federal court on Friday on charges of lying to FBI agents in a case that has raised concerns about media freedoms.
Prosecutors said James Wolfe, 57, who worked for the committee as director of security for three decades, lied to FBI agents in December about his contacts with four reporters.
A spokesman for prosecutors said Wolfe did not enter a plea at a brief court hearing in Baltimore and was released on bail. He is to appear in court again on Tuesday in Washington.
As the Senate committee’s security chief, Wolfe, 57, was responsible for safeguarding all classified information in the committee’s possession.
The indictment against Wolfe is the latest effort by President Donald Trump’s administration to charge officials who leak classified information to the media.
The tactics used by the FBI in the Wolfe investigation, which included collecting communications between Wolfe and…