An indictment was unsealed on Thursday, charging former intelligence analyst Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, with illegally obtaining classified national defense information and disclosing it to a reporter.
Hale was arrested Thursday morning and made his initial appearance at the federal courthouse in Nashville.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia and Acting Special Agent in Charge Jennifer L. Moore of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office made the announcement after the charges were unsealed.
According to the indictment, Hale was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from July 2009 to July 2013, during which time he received language and intelligence training.
While serving on active duty, Hale was assigned to work at the National Security Agency (NSA) and deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence analyst.
After leaving the U.S. Air Force, Hale was employed by a defense contractor and assigned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), where he worked as a political geography analyst between December 2013 and August 2014.
In connection with his active duty service and work for the NSA, and during his time at NGA, Hale held a Top Secret//Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS//SCI) security clearance and was entrusted with access to classified national defense information.
(The DOJ said Hale is charged with 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. Courtesy of WBIR and YouTube. Posted on May 9, 2019.)
According to allegations outlined in the indictment, beginning in April 2013, while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and assigned to the NSA, Hale began communicating with a reporter.
Hale met with the reporter in person on multiple occasions, and, at times, communicated with the reporter via an encrypted messaging platform.
Then, in February 2014, while working as a cleared defense contractor at NGA, Hale printed six classified documents unrelated to his work at NGA and soon after exchanged a series of messages with the reporter.
Each of the six documents printed were later published by the reporter’s news outlet.
(Reporter Jeremy Scahill, pictured here, published an August 2014 story in ‘The Intercept’ pertaining to a terrorist watch list which is not named, yet closely mirrors the description in the court documents. Additionally, Scahill participated in a book tour for a book he wrote which alluded to drone strikes. Courtesy of CBC News: The National and YouTube. Posted on Apr 26, 2015.)