Last month, we wrote to you about how drone whistleblower Daniel Hale had pled guilty to one count under the Espionage Act. Hale acted as a journalist’s source, alerting the public to information of immense noteworthiness. This includes how during a six month period 90% of those killed by US airstrikes in Afghanistan were not the intended target.
Yet, the Espionage Act allows for no public interest defense and a judge barred Hale from mentioning during trial his motives for releasing the documents. Whistleblowers have no chance at a fair trial under the Espionage Act, leaving Hale few options.
Hale had been out of custody while waiting for sentencing. Yet, to everyone’s surprise on April 28 Hale was taken into custody.
Whistleblowers like Daniel Hale do not belong in jail. Yet, when people expose grotesque violations of human rights and civil liberties, it is often the whistleblower who pays the price. With the Espionage Act, whistleblowers have virtually no chance of a fair defense.
That is why we are asking for President Biden to pardon Hale.
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