Judge Has Choice Words for Justice Department’s Prosecution of Drake, by Jesselyn Radack, National Security and Human Rights Director for the Government Accountability Project.

I went to the sentencing of former National Security Agency official Thomas Drake, who was charged with 10 felony counts and faced 35 years in prison for allegedly retaining allegedly classified information.

The case extravagantly collapsed as Drake pleaded guilty to a minor misdemeanor of “Exceeding Authorized Use of a Computer” and received a sentence of no jail time and no fine.

Besides the flop of the Obama administration’s centerpiece “leak” prosecution, what really stood out to me were the strong words of Judge Richard Bennett, who called the government’s handling of the case “unconscionable.”

(Read more)