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Dan Hale, a former defense analyst, was sentenced to 45 months in prison for revealing classified documents showing that drones strikes had killed innocent people.
His concerns went back to 2014 with various personal activities given a notorious clip from Iraq passed by Chelsea Manning in 2010.
The judge said he could have become a whistleblower without disclosing classified materials. He may have wanted to become a real journalist, out of vanity or ego from not taking sides or joining a tribe.
Rachel Weiner explains in the Washington Post.