State Department Analyst Pleads Guilty of Leaking to Fox Reporter

Case where authorities referred to the journalist as a potential "conspirator"


A former State Department analyst accused of leaking classified defense information on North Korea to a Fox News reporter, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court.

As part of the government's plea agreement with Stephen Kim, the former analyst acknowledged disclosure of the information and will be required to serve 13 months in prison followed by a year of supervised released, if the deal is approved.

The investigation, while focusing on Kim, also raised questions about the Justice Department's investigative tactics after it was revealed that authorities also secretly obtained the e-mails and tracked the movements of Fox News reporter James Rosen as part of the inquiry.