“… The Department of Justice had been pursuing Drake for alleged violations of the Espionage Act that might have sent him to prison for up to 35 years. But the government withdrew the evidence supporting several of the central charges after a judge ruled Drake would not be able to defend himself unless the government revealed details about one of the National Security Agency’s telecommunications collection programs. On two other counts, documents the government had claimed were classified have either been shown to be labeled unclassified when Drake accessed them or have since been declassified. Faced with the prospect of trying to convict a man for leaking unclassified information, the government frantically crafted a plea deal in the last days before the case was due to go to trial.
The collapse of the case against Drake may have repercussions beyond just this one case.
NSA is listening to each and every American
- NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake on The Daily Show (dissenter.firedoglake.com)
- Court Lifts Gag Order on Former Secrecy Czar (EndtheLie.com)
- Stellar Wind: The Secret NSA Domestic Spying Program; Whistleblower William Blinney Tells All (activistpost.com)
- Lessons from the Tom Drake Case (pogoblog.typepad.com)