December 21, 2016 / 8:46 PM / 8 months ago

FBI agent's insider trading case leaks subject of criminal probe

NEW YORK, Dec 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department's internal watchdog has opened a criminal probe of an FBI agent's leaks to journalists about an insider trading probe involving a Las Vegas sports gambler and professional golfer Phil Mickelson, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Joan Loughnane, chief counsel for Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, disclosed the probe by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General during a court hearing on the insider trading case against gambler William "Billy" Walters. (Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York)

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