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Ex-NSA official indicted in probe of leaked secrets




Ex-NSA official indicted in probe of leaked secrets
Ex-NSA official indicted in probe of leaked secrets



http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/16/ex-nsa-official-indicted-in-probe-of-leaked-secret/ 

By Eli Lake
Washington Times
April 15, 2010

A grand jury Thursday indicted a retired senior National Security Agency 
official on charges he mishandled secrets, saying that he divulged 
classified information to a reporter through hundreds of encrypted 
e-mails and then sought to destroy classified documents to cover his 
tracks.

The official, Thomas Drake, was a senior engineer at the NSA between 
2001 and 2006 who was introduced to the reporter in question in 2005 by 
a congressional staffer.

The indictment says Mr. Drake made arrangements with the reporter, 
identified only as "Reporter A" in the court papers, to communicate 
through a Canada-based encrypted e-mail service known as hushmail. The 
indictment says between February 2006 and November 2007 the reporter and 
Mr. Drake exchanged hundreds of e-mails containing classified material.

The indictment is a rare view into the inner workings of the NSA, the 
U.S. signal intercept agency based at Fort Meade, Md., that eavesdrops 
on and decrypts communications from foreign governments.

It is also the latest example of the U.S. government's efforts to crack 
down on classified leaks.

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