WASHINGTON — An ex-senior official in the top secret US National Security Agency will plead guilty to exceeding authorized use of a computer in a classified information leak case, court papers have shown.
Thomas Drake, 54, had been accused of leaking classified information to a newspaper reporter and was charged with illegally retaining classified information, obstructing justice and making false statements.
He could have faced up to 35 years behind bars, but under the plea deal, Drake will instead plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of misusing a government computer to share data with someone without authorization.
The bargain came just days before he had been due to go on trial Monday in the US District Court in Baltimore, Maryland on 10 felony counts, all of which will now be dropped.
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