Breaking: Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty to major leak

Donald Sachtleben, already sentenced over child porn charges, agrees to plead guilty to AP leak over bomb plot

By Natasha Lennard
September 24, 2013 1:07AM (UTC)
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A breaking story from Reuters sees a former FBI agent, also implicated in a separate child pornography trial, pleading guilty to leaking government information to the media. No doubt more information about ex-agent Donald John Sachtleben will come to light in the coming days. At the time of writing, Reuters had only this basic information:

A former FBI agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking secret government information about a bomb plot to the Associated Press, a leak that officials had called one of the most serious in U.S. history, the Justice Department said on Monday.

As part of a plea agreement filed in U.S. 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.

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