Daniel Everette Hale Bio
Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, TN, was arrested after allegedly providing at least 17 top secret documents to an unnamed journalist apparently ., used his top-secret computer to print out dozens of documents related to counterterrorism operations while working as a contractor for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or NGA.
The instances in question occurred nearly five years ago, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. The document says Hale first met the reporter in question in April 2013, when he was still in the U.S. Air Force and working for the National Security Agency. Hale began sharing information the next year, when he was out of the military and working for defense contractor Leidos at the NGA, according to the indictment.
Hale could face up to 50 years in prison if he’s convicted of the charges, which range from disclosure of classified intelligence to theft of government property. He was expected to appear in federal court in Nashville later Thursday.
The Justice Department said in a statement that Hale met with the reporter “on multiple occasions, and, at times, communicated with the reporter via an encrypted messaging platform.”
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Starting in February 2014, according to the department, Hale printed six classified documents that were later published by the reporter’s news outlet.
It goes on to state:
“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.”
The indictment does not identify the reporter by name. But it mentions that the journalist made a documentary about the U.S. military’s use of drones and that the reporter was a scheduled speaker at “a Washington, D.C. restaurant/bookstore” on or about April 29, 2013.
The FBI office in Baltimore says it handled the investigation of Hale, and that FBI agents in Tennessee arrested him Thursday morning. His case is being handled by the U.S. District Court for Virginia’s Eastern District.
A former government intelligence analyst has been charged with leaking classified documents about military campaigns against terrorist group al-Qaeda to a reporter.
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Investigators found evidence in Hale’s home that included two thumb drives, the indictment states. One contained a page of a document marked “Secret” and the other held software related to Tor, the anonymity service, and the Tails operating system, which is meant to prevent Internet spying. They also found at least one government document on his home computer, along with contact information for the reporter, the indictment adds.
The Justice Department says Hale improperly obtained documents that range from secret records about a campaign targeting al-Qaida to PowerPoint presentations about military operations. Another document held information about the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment, or TIDE — the government’s stockpile of data that informs federal efforts to screen people who are known or suspected of being involved in terrorism.
Alleged journalistic sources (known to have been) charged/accused of leaking to the press so far under the Trump administration:
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It’s not clear what factors led to Hale’s arrest years after his alleged crimes. The earliest court filings in the case date from March 2019, when a grand jury’s sealed indictment of Hale was filed. On the same day of that filing, an arrest warrant was issued for Hale. With the suspected leaker in custody, the indictment has now been unsealed.
Court records list Hale’s defense attorney as Abbe Lowell, a veteran lawyer who has recently been in the news for representing President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
10 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Daniel Everette Hale charged with disclosure of classified communications intelligence information and theft of government property
- Hale was assigned to work at the NSA while in the Air Force and later worked as contractor assigned to National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- Hale is accused of leaking Top Secret and Secret documents outlining drone campaign against al-Qaeda top reporter Jeremy Scahill
- Scahill, the founding editor of The Intercept, published leaked documents in expose on The Intercept titled ‘The Assassination Complex’ in October 2015
- Hale Held a Top Secret Security Clearance ‘Entrusted’ With Classified National Defense Information
- The Government Says Hale Began Meeting With the Journalist, Believed to be Scahill, in 2013
- Hale Used His ‘Top Secret’ Computer to Print Classified Documents & Provided ‘At Least 17’ Documents, Most Were Published. Prosecutors Say 11 Were Marked ‘Top Secret’
- Hale Used Tor Software & Tails Operating System, As Suggested by the ‘Online News Outlet.’ Not Named in the Indictment, Reports Indicate the News Site Was Likely the ‘Intercept’ & the Journalist Jeremy Scahill
- Scahill & The Intercept Published the ‘Drone Papers’ in 2015 & Prosecutors Claim Hale Supplied the Top Secret Documents Published as Part of the Piece