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Daniel Hale

Daniel Hale is a veteran of the US Air Force. During his military service from 2009 to 2013, he took part in the US drone program, working with both the NSA and the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. After leaving the Air Force, Hale became an outspoken opponent of the US targeted killings program. Hale based his criticisms on his own participation in the drone program, which included helping to select targets based on faulty criteria and attacks on unarmed innocent civilians.

In May 2019, Daniel Hale was arrested and indicted on allegations that he disclosed classified documents about the U.S. military’s assassination program, believed to have been the source material for a series in The Intercept called “The Drone Papers”. On March 31, 2021, Hale pleaded guilty to a single count under the Espionage Act, carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years. On July 27, 2021, Daniel was sentenced to 45 months, and he’s currently incarcerated in maximum security federal prison.

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