Federal prosecutors in Virginia charged a former United States intelligence analyst with providing classified information to a reporter, according to unsealed court documents.
Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville was arrested Thursday morning and was expected to make an initial appearance in federal court in Nashville. He was charged under the Espionage Act and with theft of government property. The Espionage Act is a World War I-era law that criminalizes the disclosure of potentially damaging national security secrets to someone not authorized to receive them.
One of the interesting things is that over the past few years, all the whistle blowers charged in recent years have been working with The Intercept.
I know that in the Reality Winner case, her jailing was a direct consequence of profoundly incompetent OpSec, and also I know that that the owner of the site, Pierre Omidyar has had close ties to the US state security apparatus for years.
I don’t know whether this is an artifact of either incompetence or deliberate malice, but in either case, if you want to whistle-blow, it’s best to choose some other organization.