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settlement reached in the Thomas Drake 'leak' case
« on: June 10, 2011, 23:57:54 PM »
In a whirlwind conclusion to the prosecution of former National Security
Agency official Thomas A. Drake, Mr. Drake agreed to plead guilty to a
misdemeanor charge of "exceeding authorized use of a computer."

Prosecutors were unable to sustain any of the felony counts against Mr.
Drake that were contained in last year's ten-count indictment, including
charges of unauthorized retention of classified material under the
Espionage Act of 1917.

A copy of the June 9, 2011 plea agreement is here:

Mr. Drake had been suspected of unauthorized disclosures of classified
information to the press, though he was not specifically charged with that
offense, and he denied committing it.

Much of the case was conducted behind closed doors and off the public
record, so many intriguing aspects of its ultimate resolution remain
obscure for the time being.  But it seems clear that the Obama
Administration misjudged the merits of its case against Drake, pursuing
minor infractions with disproportionate zeal.

Meanwhile, Mr. Drake's legal team, public defenders James Wyda and Deborah
L. Boardman, did a superb job of defending their client in a challenging
legal environment.  Drake's supporters at the Government Accountability
Project managed to win a remarkable degree of public sympathy and support
for a supposed felon.

Speaking of disproportionate zeal, I wrote last Monday that there was "no
possibility" of avoiding trial on June 13.  Consider this a correction.

See related coverage in the Washington Post, Politico, New York Times,
Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, AP and MSNBC.

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