Former NSA official to speak in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — A former top official with the National Security Agency who was the target of a government leak investigation is scheduled to speak Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Thomas Drake will be discussing the spy agency’s practices and how they relate to constitutional rights at an event put on by the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.

In 2011, the U.S. government dropped its felony espionage case against Drake. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was given a year’s probation. He acknowledged giving inside information to the Baltimore Sun about a major government electronic espionage program.

The NSA has a massive data storage facility outside of Salt Lake City that opened last year.

Last year, Drake criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for attempts to punish leakers of secret government information.


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