Facing Years in Prison for Drone Leak, Daniel Hale Makes His Case Against US Assassination Program

With prosecutors seeking a maximum sentence, Hale delivered a powerful handwritten letter describing his motivations to the court.

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The Intercept: THE MISSILES THAT killed Salim bin Ahmed Ali Jaber and Walid bin Ali Jaber came in the night. Salim was a respected imam in the village of Khashamir, in southeastern Yemen, who had made a name for himself denouncing the rising power of Al Qaeda’s franchise in the Arabian Peninsula. His cousin Walid was a local police officer. It was August 21, 2012, and the pair were standing in a palm grove, confronting a trio of suspected militants, when the Hellfires made impact.  (link to 11 page handwritten letter:

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/21015583-daniel-hale-letter-to-judge-liam-ogrady )

The deaths of the two men sparked protests in the days that followed, symbolizing for many Yemenis the human cost of U.S. counterterrorism operations in their country. Thousands of miles away, at the U.S. military’s base in Bagram, Afghanistan, Daniel Hale, a young intelligence specialist in the U.S. Air Force, watched the missiles land. One year later, Hale found himself sitting on a Washington, D.C., panel, listening as Salim’s brother, Faisal bin Ali Jaber, recalled the day Salim was killed.

Hale recalled the emotional moment and others stemming from his work on the U.S. government’s top-secret drone program in an 11-page, handwritten letter filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia this week.  read more…

https://theintercept.com/2021/07/24/daniel-hale-assassination-program-drone-leak/

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