Judge O’Grady: No Prison Time for Daniel Hale!

CODEPINK is calling on Judge Liam O’Grady to not give jail time to Daniel Hale, who courageously exposed the abuses of drone warfare! You can also send Daniel Hale a letter of support here.

Read our statement here and our alert here.

Dear Judge O’Grady,

We, the undersigned, are respectfully asking for leniency in the case of the defendant Daniel Hale, who pled guilty to one count of “retention and transmission of national defense information” in violation of the Espionage Act on March 31, 2021. We ask that Hale receive no prison time. 

Daniel Hale is not a spy, a threat to society, or a bad faith actor. His revelations were not a threat to national security. If they were, the prosecution would be able to identify the harm caused directly from the information Hale made public. 

While the courts have ruled that a defendant’s motive in a case related to the Espionage Act is irrelevant, we recognize that Hale’s motive was only to provide the American people with information about government misconduct. We believe that rather than harm our country, Hale’s revelations actually enhanced our democracy by providing critical information about what our government has been doing in our name. We also believe that Hale’s revelations help push our government to reassess its drone program in light of its violations of US and international law. 

Sentencing Hale to years in prison would set a terrible example for freedom of speech and send a message that the American public does not have a right to know about government misconduct. Please consider giving Hale no prison time.


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