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Great News – Victory in the Drake Case!
GAP would like to express our deepest gratitude to you for signing our petition and demanding accountability for the selective and retaliatory prosecution of NSA whistleblower and GAP client Tom Drake. Last week we delivered your petition to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Congress.
In part because of your actions - signaling strong and widespread public support - and under a wave of high-profile media, the prosecution's case began imploding. GAP was instrumental in placing high-profile stories in the media about Drake's case – including a segment on 60
Minutes and a cover story in the New Yorker.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) wanted to cut a deal. Last night, Drake agreed to a plea bargain arrangement on the charges brought against him. Originally, the DOJ accused Drake of 10 felony counts and sought to put him in jail for 35 years. This settlement agreement stipulates no jail time or fines shall be imposed on him. In return, Drake has pled guilty to a mere misdemeanor – exceeding authorized use of a government computer.
The deal is consistent with the truth and what Tom Drake told everyone throughout his five year-long ordeal – that he never disclosed classified information.
The action taken against Drake was widely seen as a bellwether case for the current crop of the Obama administration's prosecutions under the Espionage Act against national security and intelligence whistleblowers. This news is an absolute victory for whistleblowers, and would not have happened without you and others aiding Tom Drake. Thank you again for lending your voice in support of our efforts.
The Government Accountability Project
GAP website: http://www.whistleblower.org/