A former intelligence analyst leaked classified information about drone warfare to a journalist and wrote anonymously about his experience in the national security establishment, he admitted Wednesday in Alexandria federal court.
The Institute for Public Accuracy reported that Jesselyn Radack, who serves as Hale’s whistleblower attorney, heads the Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at ExposeFacts.
Radack said today: “Hale is not a spy. He was accused of giving an investigative journalist truthful information in the public interest about the U.S. drone warfare program. That information revealed gross human rights violations, and that drones were more deadly and less accurate than the U.S. presented publicly. Ninety percent of people killed were not the intended target — including an American father and teenage son. Articles, books, and documentaries featuring his disclosures have won numerous awards.”
IPA also reported that Chip Gibbons, policy director at Defending Rights & Dissent, said today: that “It is outrageous that a law ostensibly designed to target spies and saboteurs is used to jail journalists’ sources and even journalists who act in the public interest to reveal official abuses of power.”