The following statement was made to the press by GAP client and National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake on July 15, 2011, after he was sentenced to one year of probation and 240 hours of community service for his role in exposing gross wrongdoing and waste at the agency. A video clip from The Baltimore Sun is available here, which also features further comments by Drake, GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack, and protesters.
Today provides real closure for the ordeal I have endured from the indictment of April 2010 and the investigation of the past 5-plus years. The stakes could not have been higher, since I was originally charged by the government with a total of 10 felony counts that I never committed. Today's fair and appropriate sentence for a minor misdemeanor demonstrates that justice did prevail in the end, because truth does matter.
It is always a David vs. Goliath struggle when you are up against the government.
This outcome was not possible without the truly superb criminal defense attorneys who have so ably represented me these past 15 months. I am also most grateful that the Government Accountability Project -- provided crucial whistleblower advocacy and media outreach support during this time, while also serving as my voice when I did not have one. I am worried that the next target of such a witch-hunt will not be as fortunate.