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The Department of Justice announced Wednesday the arrest and indictment of Henry Kyle Frese, a counterterrorism analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency, who allegedly shared data on a foreign country's weapons systems with a reporter he was carrying on a relationship with.

Why it matters: “Frese betrayed the trust placed in him by the American people—a betrayal that risked harming the national security of this country. This is one of six unauthorized disclosure cases the Department has charged in just over two years, and we will continue in our efforts to punish and deter this behavior," said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, according to a DOJ press release.

Background: According to the DOJ, in April of last year, Frese told the journalist he was in a relationship with that he was "down" to help that journalist's coworker with a story about the weapons system if it would help the first journalist's career.

  • The 2 journalists worked for different outlets owned by the same conglomerate. They also collaborated on individuals articles.
  • The journalist and Frese lived at the same address as of last year, and the relationship was clear from social media posts.
  • The DOJ claims to have recorded Frese discussing the leaks on the phone.

Federal officials told reporters that Frese had no reason to access information on the system, and did so solely to help the reporters.

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The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

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Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."

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The U.S. will impose new air travel restrictions in response to the Omicron variant, a new COVID strain first detected in South Africa, President Biden announced Friday.

The big picture: Air travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi will be restricted starting on Monday.