Daniel is a drone whistleblower who was recently sentenced to 45 months in federal prison after accepting a non-cooperating plea agreement for allegations that he disclosed classified documents about the U.S. military's assassination program, believed to have been the source material for a series in The Intercept called "The Drone Papers."
Daniel is a veteran of the US Air Force. During his military service from 2009 to 2013, he participated in the US drone program, working with both the National Security Agency and the Joint Special Operations Task Force at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. After leaving the Air Force, he became an outspoken opponent of the US targeted killings program, US foreign policy more generally, and a supporter of whistleblowers. He publicly spoke out at conferences, forums, and public panels. He was featured prominently in the award-winning documentary National Bird, a film about whistleblowers in the US drone program who suffered from moral injury and PTSD. He based his criticisms on his own participation in the drone program, which included helping to select targets based on faulty criteria and attacks on unarmed innocent civilians. Legal case: The state claims that Daniel was committing espionage and initially charged him with five crimes related to the disclosure of classified documents and threatened a maximum of 50 years in prison. However, the reality is that he is a whistleblower who enriched the public's knowledge about matters of grave civic concern. Media: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/08/daniel-hale-drone-whistleblower-sentencing-trial https://www.democracynow.org/2021/7/26/daniel_hale_whistleblower_case