Former Airman guilty of giving top-secret documents about drone strikes to a reporter

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Daniel Hale NASHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

A former USAF Intelligence Analyst has pleaded guilty to leaking media and information concerning military drone activity abroad. 

Daniel Hale, 33, of Nashville, Tennessee, admitted to leaking around a dozen secret and top-secret documents concerning drone strikes carried out against al Qaeda.

His actions are a violation of the World War I-era Espionage Act.

According to the Stars and Stripes, Hale gave documents to a reporter in 2014 and 2015, the aforementioned journalist being identified as Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept.

At the time, Hale had left the USAF and was working as a private contractor. 

Hale’s defense claimed that their client was being targeted for leaking info on the US Government’s less-successful operations,  and claimed that those who leaked successful strikes didn’t seem to attract much attention. 

Hale faces up to ten years behind bars.

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