A former FBI agent has reached a plea deal with the U.S. government for leaking classified information about a terrorist plot to the Associated Press. Donald John Sachtleben will get three years and seven months in prison for the leak, but that's just the beginning of his legal troubles.
Besides being collared on the national security charges, Sachtleben, who was a bomb technician who'd worked on cases like the Oklahoma City bombing and the 9/11 attacks, is also facing prison time for possessing and distributing child pornography. Nine days after he leaked information about an Al-Qaeda plot to the AP, the now 55-year-old was picked up for sharing kiddie porn through the very forthright email address "firstname.lastname@example.org."
At the time authorities had no idea Sachtleben was also the source of the AP's leak. That information would come later, according to a Justice Department press release:
Sachtleben was identified as a suspect in the case of this unauthorized disclosure only after toll records for phone numbers related to the [AP] reporter were obtained through a subpoena and compared to other evidence collected during the leak investigation. This allowed investigators to obtain a search warrant authorizing a more exhaustive search of Sachtleben’s cell phone, computer, and other electronic media, which were in the possession of federal investigators due to the child pornography investigation.
According to the Department of Justice, Sachtleben's plea agreement will find him jailed for 14o months altogether: 43 months for the leaking and 97 months for the child porn.
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