Daniel Everette Hale
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In a previously sealed Indictment from the US Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia, unsealed on Thursday 9 May 2019, former intelligence analyst Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee is charged with giving top secret US defence documents and information to a reporter.
Hale served in the US Air Force from July 2009 to July 2013, during which time he was assigned to the National Security Agency, according to the Indictment. He was deployed to Afghanistan, where he worked as an intelligence analyst.
Hale’s arrest comes amid a crackdown on leakers to journalists by the Trump administration. Last month, the US charged WikiLeaks' Julian Assange with allegedly helping veteran intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning crack a computer password to steal classified documents. In October, a Treasury Department employee was charged with sharing financial information on targets of the Mueller investigation with BuzzFeed.
Last year, two purported Intercept sources were also prosecuted. Former NSA contractor Reality Winner was sentenced to 63 months in prison for leaking classified information about Russian election interference to The Intercept. In October, former FBI agent Terry Albury was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to making an unauthorised disclosure of national defence information, apparently related to how the FBI recruits informants.