Ex-FBI agent to plead guilty to leak to media: US Justice Dept
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking secret government information about a bomb plot to a news agency, a leak that Attorney General Eric Holder called one of the most serious in United States (US) history, the Justice Department said on Monday.
As part of a plea agreement filed in US District Court in Indiana, Donald John Sachtleben agreed to a prison sentence of three years and seven months for the leak in addition to a separate sentence for unrelated child pornography charges, the department said.
A lawyer for Sachtleben, 55, of Carmel, Indiana, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A story by the Associated Press (AP) in May 2012 described a US operation in Yemen to foil a plot to bomb an airliner. The AP said it delayed publishing the story at the request of government officials until security concerns were allayed, but US officials said the leak compromised a US agent working to undermine the Islamic militant group Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.