A former FBI bomb technician and contractor will plead guilty to leaking information to the Associated Press about a thwarted terrorist plot, the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.
Donald Sachtleben was an FBI employee from 1983 to 2008, when he became a contractor for the agency. In 2009, Sachtleben began a source-reporter relationship with an AP reporter that culminated with him leaking information in 2012 on a foiled attack. The statement of offense didn't name the AP, but it included the title of an article published by the news outlet about the incident.
The Justice Department came under fire earlier this year when the AP revealed that its phone records were subpoenaed as part of the government's investigation into the leak. The department defended its actions, but U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. reached out to media outlets during the height of the controversy and the department subsequently revised its policies on gathering information from reporters.