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A former Air Force intelligence analyst who fed documents to the press detailing the US military's secret drone programs has been indicted on five criminal charges.
Daniel Hale, 31, is said to have been the source of top secret documents that lead to reports from The Intercept in 2015 and 2016 detailing the Air Force's use of unmanned drones in combat operations.
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A grand jury indicted Hale on one charge each of obtaining national defense information, retention and transmission of national defense information, causing the communication of national defense information, disclosure of classified communications intelligence information, and theft of government property. He faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge if convicted.
According to the indictment (PDF), Hale met with an unnamed reporter (widely assumed to be Intercept editor Jeremy Scahill) in 2013 and 2014, printing out and handing over documents classified as Secret and Top Secret.
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Hale is said to have obtained the documents both while in the Air Force (from 2009 to 2013) and later when he was working as a defense contractor.
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