a An informant who leaked top-secret information about the US drone war program has been sentenced to 45 months in prison.
Daniel Hill, 33, formerly a US Air Force intelligence analyst, please guilty In March to retain and transmit national defense information. He was sentenced in US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, by Judge Liam O’Grady on Tuesday.
In 2014, Hill leaked more than 150 pages of classified material to a journalist, revealing details about government drone operations. Hill took the documents from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, where he was working as a contractor at the time.
While it is not officially recognized, Politico reports That “Details about Hill’s activities and the records he leaked show that the reporter was Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept.” Hill’s leaked documents were later cited In Drone LeavesAn investigation by the executor of government activities. Scahill too wrote a book About the drone war, where he explained the results. Cardamom He said that later Guilt over his participation in drone strikes abroad forced him to provide the information.
Hill was charged under the Espionage Act, and federal prosecutors had previously He sought the greatest punishment For him – which would have kept 11 years behind bars
Politico writes That Hill appeared “suffocated” through parts of the court proceedings on Tuesday but showed “no remorse over what he revealed”. Instead, he lamented that he played a role in America’s drone program.
“I am here because I stole something that was never mine – a cherished human life. For that, I was compensated and awarded a medal,” Hill said. “I couldn’t persevere to live in a world where people pretend things weren’t happening. Please honor me, pardon me for taking papers instead of human lives.”
During both the Obama and Trump administrations, the government has embarked on an intensification of Strict crackdown on whistleblowersSeeking to impose ever-stricter penalties on government employees who disclose confidential information to journalists. For example, the National Security Agency’s Reality Winner He was recently released from prison, following serving the majority of a 63-month prison sentence for leaking classified information about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.