IBJNews

Ex-FBI agent to plead guilty to leaking classified intelligence

Bloomberg News
September 24, 2013
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

A former FBI official agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information about a counter-terrorism operation and to child pornography charges, according to court papers filed in Indianapolis Monday.

Donald Sachtleben, 55, of Carmel faces a combined 11 years and eight months in prison for the two sets of offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said. Both cases were brought in federal court in Indianapolis.

Sachtleben was being investigated for involvement with child pornography when he came under suspicion in a national-security case involving a leak to the Associated Press of classified information about an intelligence operation in Yemen that foiled a plot to blow up an airliner.

The AP reported on the disrupted plot on May 7, 2012. Sachtleben admitted being the source of the information in the report, according to government prosecutors.

“I am deeply sorry for my actions,” Sachtleben said in a statement released through his lawyers. “While I never intended harm to the United States or to any individuals, I do not make excuses for myself.”

Sachtleben filed a petition to plead guilty to unlawfully disclosing national defense information in court documents filed Monday. He earlier agreed to plead guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography.

Sachtleben was implicated in the leak investigation after authorities subpoenaed a reporter’s phone records and compared them with other evidence gathered in the inquiry. Investigators linked Sachtleben to the case through computer, mobile-phone and other records already in their possession because of the child-pornography investigation.

“The prosecution demonstrates our deep resolve to hold accountable anyone who would violate their solemn duty to protect our nation’s secrets and to prevent future, potentially devastating leaks by those who would wantonly ignore their obligations to safeguard classified information,” District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said in a statement.

Media groups and government watchdogs had said the Justice Department interfered with press freedom when it secretly collected the records from AP reporters and editors over a two- month period in 2012.

Sachtleben worked for the FBI from 1983 through 2008 and was a special agent bomb technician, according to the Justice Department. After leaving the bureau, he worked as an FBI contractor until May 2012. He was arrested on the child-pornography complaint the day after leaving his contractor’s position, the department said.

He was charged in the child pornography investigation after he was linked to trafficking in explicit images based on information traced to him from the computer of another man arrested for a similar offense.

 

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Liberals do not understand that marriage is not about a law or a right ... it is a rite of religous faith. Liberals want "legal" recognition of their homosexual relationship ... which is OK by me ... but it will never be classified as a marriage because marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. You can gain / obtain legal recognition / status ... but most people will not acknowledge that 2 people of the same sex are married. It's not really possible as long as marriage is defined as one man and one woman.

  2. That second phrase, "...nor make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunitites of citizens..." is the one. If you can't understand that you lack a fundamental understanding of the Constitution and I can't help you. You're blind with prejudice.

  3. Why do you conservatives always go to the marrying father/daughter, man/animal thing? And why should I keep my sexuality to myself? I see straights kissy facing in public all the time.

  4. I just read the XIV Amendment ... I read where no State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property ... nor make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunitites of citizens ... I didn't see anything in it regarding the re-definition of marriage.

  5. I worked for Community Health Network and the reason that senior leadership left is because they were not in agreement with the way the hospital was being ran, how employees were being treated, and most of all how the focus on patient care was nothing more than a poster to stand behind. Hiring these analyst to come out and tell people who have done the job for years that it is all being done wrong now...hint, hint, get rid of employees by calling it "restructuring" is a cheap and easy way out of taking ownership. Indiana is an "at-will" state, so there doesn't have to be a "reason" for dismissal of employment. I have seen former employees that went through this process lose their homes, cars, faith...it is very disturbing. The patient's as well have seen less than disireable care. It all comes full circle.

ADVERTISEMENT