2021-07-26 12:00:05

“Committing the Truth”: Whistleblower Daniel Hale to Be Sentenced Tuesday for Drone Program Leaks

At a sentencing hearing Tuesday, whistleblower Daniel Hale faces at least nine years in prison for leaking classified information about the U.S. drone and targeted assassination program.

During his time in the Air Force from 2009 to 2013, Hale worked with the National Security Agency and the Joint Special Operations Task Force at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where he helped identify targets for assassination.

He later worked as a contractor for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. In March, Hale pleaded guilty to one count of violating the World War I-era Espionage Act for leaking documents exposing the drone program.

“This has been an odyssey that has occupied most of the better part of his adult life for basically committing the truth,” says Jesselyn Radack, an attorney for Daniel Hale.

“The U.S. has never contested any of Daniel’s disclosures,” Radack adds. We also speak with Noor Mir, Daniel Hale’s close friend and part of his support team, who describes him as a compassionate person willing to make sacrifices to do the right thing. “I know that when he’s out, he will remain committed to ending suffering in all forms,” Mir says.

Democracy Now! produces a daily, global, independent news hour hosted by award-winning journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. lOur reporting includes breaking daily news headlines and in-depth interviews with people on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues. 

On DN!, you’ll hear a diversity of voices speaking for themselves, providing a unique and sometimes provocative perspective on global events.

Missed an episode?  Check out DN on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling, and online at freespeech.org.

Air Force Amy Goodman Bagram Air Force Base Daniel Hale Democracy Now! Drone Program Espionae Act Free Speech TV Joint Special Operations Task Force Leaks National Geospatial Intelligence Agency National Security Agency United States Whistleblower

Human Rights and Equality

Democracy Now!

Rights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can't Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

Rights Advocates to NYC Mayor Adams: You Can't Arrest Your Way Out of Housing & Mental Health Crisis

The Stephanie Miller Show

The Fight For Basic Human Rights

The Fight For Basic Human Rights

The Stephanie Miller Show

They Want 2016 Trump Back

They Want 2016 Trump Back

Rising Up With Sonali

Navigating Free Speech In the Age of Guns and Elon Musk

Navigating Free Speech In the Age of Guns and Elon Musk

Democracy Now!

African Nations Reliant on Grain Imports Seek Ukraine Diplomacy as U.S., Europe Align Against Russia

African Nations Reliant on Grain Imports Seek Ukraine Diplomacy as U.S., Europe Align Against Russia

Democracy Now!

Ukraine "Skeptical" of Ceasefire Russia Could Use to Cement Occupation, Even as Grain Exports Resume

Ukraine "Skeptical" of Ceasefire Russia Could Use to Cement Occupation, Even as Grain Exports Resume

Democracy Now!

How to End the War in Ukraine: Matt Duss and Ray McGovern Debate U.S. Policy on Russia, NATO & More

How to End the War in Ukraine: Matt Duss and Ray McGovern Debate U.S. Policy on Russia, NATO & More

Democracy Now!

"Promoting Stability or Fueling Conflict?": Biden’s U.S. Arms Sales Boom, Ukraine to Saudi Arabia

"Promoting Stability or Fueling Conflict?": Biden’s U.S. Arms Sales Boom, Ukraine to Saudi Arabia

Related

Democracy Now!

The New McCarthyism: Angela Davis Speaks in New York After Critics Shut Down Two Events

The New McCarthyism: Angela Davis Speaks in New York After Critics Shut Down Two Events

Democracy Now!

Inside Israeli Cover-up & US Response to Murder of Palestinian American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Inside Israeli Cover-up & US Response to Murder of Palestinian American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 2, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — December 2, 2022

The David Pakman Show

Mitch McConnell: Trump Unelectable Due to Nazi Meeting

Mitch McConnell: Trump Unelectable Due to Nazi Meeting

Proud Partners