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

(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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