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U.S. Treasury Employee Arrested For Alleged Manafort Leaks

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U.S. Treasury Employee Arrested For Alleged Manafort Leaks
Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards is alleged to have leaked confidential documents about a range of people investigated by the Russia probe.
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A senior U.S. Treasury allegedly leaked confidential documents about a number of Russia probe targets, including Paul Manafort.   

Officials from the FBI and the Department of Justice announced Wednesday they had arrested Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior adviser at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. She faces charges of illegally disclosing Suspicious Activity Reports to an unnamed reporter at Buzzfeed News.

The reports contained information about Manafort, as well as his former business partner Rick Gates and alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. All three of them have faced charges from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said leaks undermine the government's ability to protect the country and that his department has tripled the number of investigations into leaking. Edwards faces a maximum of ten years in prison if found guilty. 

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN