A former US Navy sailor has been sentenced to the maximum ten years in prison for leaking classified national defense information.
U.S. District Judge Mark Kravitz said he could not overstate the seriousness of the crime. While on active duty, Hassan Abu-Jihaad communicated with foreign terror suspects through a Connecticut-based website, disclosing secret information about the location and vulnerabilities of a Navy battle group ordered to the Persian Gulf in 2001. Acting US Attorney Nora Dannehy "Hassan Abu-Jihaad betrayed his fellow sailors. He betrayed his country. And the government is satisfied that the court gave this defendant the maximum under the law".
A second conviction of providing material support to terrorists was overturned last month. Abu-Jihaad’s lawyers have filed an appeal.