As if you need any more reason to stop reading The Intercept, yesterday morning, May 9th 2019, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) arrested 31 years old Daniel Hale, a former United States Air Force Intelligence Analyst and National Security Agency (NSA) contractor for supplying the New York based news outlet with classified Government information. According to an indictment released by the Department of Justice yesterday morning, Hale is being charged with “illegally obtaining classified national defense information and disclosing it to a reporter” – Jeremy Scahill, editor of The Intercept. More specifically, “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. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years,” meaning he is essentially facing life in prison.
The arrest comes on conclusion to a 6 year long counter-intelligence investigation into the matter, during which the Justice Department found that “beginning in April 2013, while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and assigned to the NSA, Hale began communicating with a reporter” – Mr. Scahill. Explaining how, from there, “while employed as a cleared defense contractor, 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 classified as Top Secret or Secret and marked as such.”
Interestingly and stupidly enough, even as Hale was secretly/illegally leaking these documents to Jeremy Scahill in private, the two were still appearing together with one another in public – such as you can see below in a 2013 book release during which Scahill was joined in person, on stage, with then contractor Hale.
Yup, it appears that @jeremyscahill's source Daniel Hale is sitting next to him back in 2013 although note that this event happened prior to Hale leaking classified information to Scahill. Did @theintercept Scahill remind Hale of this event before leaking anything to him? pic.twitter.com/fiBVzxjpL4
— Llama #FreeAssange (@jimmysllama) May 9, 2019
For those of you keeping track at home, the arrest of Hale yesterday marks the third such time a source of The Intercept has been arrested in the last two years – adding to the arrests Reality Winner in 2017 and Terry Albury in 2018. As someone whom publishes leaked/classified information myself, I would just like to point out the fact that not a single one of my sources has ever been arrested – and never will. While The Intercept has slowly been declining/failing dating back to 2016, for all the reasons just described, I for one am calling on a complete boycott of The Intercept for failing to protect the very sources that made them famous in the first place. Such a same.