31-year-old Daniel Everette Hale is a former intelligence analyst charged with giving top-secret U.S. defense documents and information to a reporter.
The government alleges that the former U.S. Air Force airman Hale stole government secrets and gave them to a journalist while working at the National Security Agency and after, while employed as a government contractor.
Hale faces up to 50 years in federal prison if convicted.
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Hale was in the U.S. Air Force beginning in July of 2009 until July of 2013. Hale received “language and intelligence training,” and was then assigned to work at the National Security Agency. He was deployed to Afghanistan and there worked as an intelligence analyst
After leaving the U.S. Air Force in July 2013, Hale was employed by a defense contractor and assigned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. There Hale worked as a “political geography analyst between December 2013 and August 2014.”
Hale held “Top Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS//SCI) security clearance and was entrusted with access to classified national defense information,” while serving as an active duty airman and during his time with the NSA and the NGA.
Hale is charged with obtaining national defense information, retention and transmission of national defense information, causing the communication of national defense information, disclosure of classified communications intelligence information, and theft of government property. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
According to allegations in the indictment, beginning in April 2013, while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and assigned to the NSA, Hale began communicating with a journalist. He “met with the reporter in person on multiple occasions, and, at times, communicated with the reporter via an encrypted messaging platform,” prosecutors allege.
After his Air Force stint, Hale went on to work as a cleared defense contractor at NGA. In February of 2014, prosecutors say Hale “printed six classified documents unrelated to his work at NGA and soon after exchanged a series of messages with the reporter. Each of the six documents printed were later published by the reporter’s news outlet.”
According to allegations in the indictment, while employed as a cleared defense contractor for NGA, Hale printed from his Top Secret computer 36 documents, including 23 documents unrelated to his work at NGA.
Of the 23 documents unrelated to his work at NGA, Hale provided at least 17 to the reporter and/or the reporter’s online news outlet, which published the documents in whole or in part. Eleven of the published documents were marked as Top Secret or Secret.
According to the Washington Post, the “description” of the reporter and the information contained in the indictment of Daniel Everette Hale “matches Jeremy Scahill, a founding editor of the Intercept.”
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