Friday, November 15, 2013

Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty to leaking secrets about Yemen operation to AP

Michael Tarm
November 15, 2013

A former FBI explosives expert was sentenced Thursday to roughly 3 1/2 years in prison for possessing and disclosing secret information, which he has said included intelligence he gave to The Associated Press for a story about a U.S. operation in Yemen in 2012.

The story on Yemen led to a federal leaks investigation and the seizure of AP phone records in the government’s search for the source.

Donald Sachtleben, 55, of Carmel pleaded guilty to one count of disclosing and one count of possessing classified information. He was immediately sentenced by U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence, who told the 25-year FBI veteran of the FBI: “Clearly, you have betrayed your nation.”

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