A Tennessee man was sentenced Tuesday to 45 months in jail for leaking classified information in regards to the U.S. drone program in Afghanistan whereas he was working as an Air Force intelligence analyst.
Daniel Hale, 33, pleaded responsible in March to violating the Espionage Act by leaking top-secret paperwork to a reporter.
Hale, who was sentenced in U.S. District Courtroom in Alexandria, stated his guilt over taking part in deadly drone strikes in Afghanistan led him to leak authorities secrets and techniques.
In an 11-page handwritten letter from jail, Hale described his remorse and horror as he noticed ugly movies of Afghans killed partly as a result of his work helped monitor them down.
He stated his conscience compelled him to reveal particulars about this system to an investigative reporter. The paperwork confirmed, amongst different issues, that the drone program was not as exact as the federal government claimed by way of avoiding civilian deaths.
“Not a day goes by that I do not query the justification for my actions,” Hale wrote.
Prosecutors said Hale started speaking with a reporter whereas enlisted within the U.S. Air Pressure and assigned to the Nationwide Safety Company. After leaving the Air Pressure and whereas working as a cleared protection contractor on the Nationwide Geospatial-Intelligence Company, Hale gave an investigative reporter labeled paperwork which had been later printed by the reporter’s outlet.
In courtroom papers, Hale’s legal professionals argued that his altruistic motives, and the truth that the federal government hasn’t proven any precise hurt occurred from the leaks, needs to be thought of for a lightweight sentence.
“He dedicated the offense to deliver consideration to what he believed to be immoral authorities conduct dedicated underneath the cloak of secrecy and opposite to public statements of then-President Obama relating to the alleged precision of the USA army’s drone program,” protection attorneys Todd Richman and Cadence Mertz wrote.
Prosecutors, although, stated the labeled paperwork’ disclosure had the potential to trigger critical harm. In sentencing papers, prosecutors Gordon Kromberg and Alexander Berrang wrote that leaked paperwork had been present in an web compilation of fabric designed to assist ISIS members keep away from detection.
“(A)s a results of Hale’s actions, essentially the most vicious terrorists on the earth obtained paperwork labeled by the USA as “Secret” and “Prime Secret” — and thought that such paperwork had been worthwhile sufficient to disseminate to their very own followers in their very own manuals,” Kromberg and Berrang wrote.
The Related Press contributed to this report.