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Former FBI Agent Donald Sachtleben Pleads Guilty To Child Porn, Leaking Classified Information

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A former FBI agent who already pleaded guilty to child pornography charges earlier this year will also plead guilty to leaking classified information about an Al Qaeda bomb plot to the Associated Press.

Former FBI technician and government contractor Donald John Sachtleben has signed plea agreements in both cases.

“I am deeply sorry for my actions,” Sachtleben said in a written statement. “While I never intended harm to the United States or to any individuals, I do not make excuses for myself. I understand and accept that today’s filings start the process of paying the full consequences of my misconduct, and I know that the justice system I once served so proudly will have its say.”

Sachtleben was hit with the child porn charges after officials were able to trace illegal pictures back to his home computer.

Just before those charges were filed, Justice Department officials say that Sachtleben leaked national defense information to an AP news reporter. It’s been reported that the leaked information related to a foiled bomb plot in Yemen last year, Fox News reported.

“We were given the task of uncovering who had threatened a sensitive intelligence operation and endangered lives by illegally disclosing classified information relating to a disrupted Al Qaeda suicide bomb plot,” U.S. Attorney Ron Machen said. “That plot could not have been more serious … This prosecution demonstrates our deep resolve to hold accountable anyone who would violate their solemn duty to protect our nation’s secrets and to prevent future, potentially devastating leaks by those who would wantonly ignore their obligations to safeguard classified information.”

Sachtleben spent over 25 years as a special agent bomb technician in the FBI before retiring in 2008. He was a specialist in counter-terrorism and bombing investigations.

Sources: Fox  News, NY Times