ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former Air Force intelligence analyst pleaded responsible Wednesday to leaking categorized paperwork to a reporter about navy drone strikes towards al-Qaida and different terrorist targets.
The responsible plea from Daniel Hale, 33, of Nashville, Tennessee, comes simply days earlier than he was slated to go on trial in federal courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, for violating the World War I-era Espionage Act.
Hale admitted leaking roughly a dozen secret and top-secret paperwork to a reporter in 2014 and 2015, when he was working for a contractor as an analyst on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). While courtroom papers by no means specified the recipient of the leak, particulars concerning the case make it clear that the paperwork got to Jeremy Scahill, a reporter at The Intercept, who used the paperwork as a part of a sequence of important experiences on how the navy carried out drone strikes on international targets.
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He faces as much as 10 years in jail at sentencing scheduled for July 13.
The authentic indictment towards Hale states that he reached out to the reporter in April 2013 whereas nonetheless enlisted within the Air Force and assigned to the National Security Agency. The leaks continued after Hale grew to become a non-public contractor and was assigned to NGA.
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Source: MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press
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