Ex-FBI Agent Will Plead Guilty to AP Leak
Donald Sachtleben says he leaked intel that resulted in AP phone records seizure
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2013 5:49 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A former FBI explosives expert will plead guilty to revealing secret information for an Associated Press story about a US intelligence operation in Yemen in 2012. Donald Sachtleben said in court papers today that he provided details of the operation to a reporter. Four months ago, Sachtleben also acknowledged he distributed and possessed pornographic images of underage girls.

The plea agreement calls for 140 months in prison for both crimes. A law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said the pornography investigation helped identify Sachtleben as a suspect in the leaks case. The department seized AP phone records in its search for the information's source, though AP spokesman Paul Colford still says, "The AP never comments on its sources."

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iq145
Sep 24, 2013 9:21 PM CDT
As long as there's money to be made in selling newspapers (etcetera) with these stories in them, this'll keep happening. Look at Eddie Snowjob... he was hoping for fame and fortune too! Maybe now he, and all these idiots, will stop and realize this is a CRIME!
Econ_101
Sep 24, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
Most secrets are obsolete about 15min after classification.
jerrymac
Sep 23, 2013 8:25 PM CDT
Another heavy handed move by Emperor Obama and crew. It is funny (in a sad way) how Liberals react to leaks. If the leak is something that helps the Democrats and / or Obama they call the leaker a "whistle-blower" or "hero" or some such other phrase. But let the leak make them look bad and the leaker is labeled "traitor" or "dangerous" or any other word or phrase that paints the leaker as evil. Amazing.