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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/15/2010

NSA official indicted for leaks

By Washington Post editors

A former senior executive with the National Security Agency has been indicted on 10 felony charges related to the leaking of classified information to a national newspaper in 2006 and 2007, the Justice Department announced Thursday morning.

Thomas A. Drake, 52, headed an office in the NSA's Signals Intelligence Directorate at Fort Meade between 2001 and 2005, and continued to work with the agency as a high-ranking contractor through 2008, U.S. officials said. The indictment alleges that Drake allegedly exchanged hundreds of e-mails with an unidentified reporter for a national newspaper and served as a source for its articles about Bush administration intelligence policies between February 2006 and November 2007, U.S. officials said.

Drake was indicted by a federal grand jury in Maryland, the Justice Department said.

The indictment does not name the newspaper. It also does not detail the subject matter of the classified information or the articles that contained the information.

-- Spencer S. Hsu

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By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Tags:  Classified information, Indictment, Justice Department, National Security Agency, United States, United States Department of Justice  
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