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Former U.S. Intel Analyst Charged over Whistleblowing About Drone Program

HeadlineMay 10, 2019

A former U.S. intelligence analyst was arrested Thursday and charged with violating the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking documents about the secretive U.S. drone program. Thirty-one-year-old Daniel Hale was arrested in Nashville. He faces up to 50 years in prison. Hale was enlisted in the Air Force from 2009 to 2013, during which he worked with the National Security Agency and the Joint Special Operations Task Force at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where he helped identify targets for assassination. He later worked as a contractor for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Hale is accused of disclosing 11 top-secret or secret documents to a reporter. The indictment does not name the reporter, but unnamed government sources have told media outlets that the reporter is investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. After headlines, we’ll go to Maryland to speak with The Intercept’s senior national security correspondent, James Risen.

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