US arrests Treasury official over leaks to Buzzfeed


A US Treasury official has been arrested for leaking secret reports to
Buzzfeed on money transfers involving key figures in the Russia
election meddling probe, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior advisor at the Treasury’s
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), was arrested Tuesday in
Virginia, according to the indictment announced by the Justice

It was the latest move in an administration crackdown on media leaks
as pressure builds on US President Donald Trump over special counsel
Robert Mueller’s probe into whether his campaign worked with the
Russians during the 2016 presidential elections.

The indictment refers to a series of Buzzfeed scoops on Treasury
investigations of suspect money transfers by Russians that might
relate to the Russian meddling.

The indictment said Edwards, 40, leaked official “suspicious activity
reports” (SARS) that banks file with FinCEN to alert them of
potentially illegal transactions.