Trump pardons Kristian Saucier, former sailor jailed for submarine pictures

Good. Pleased to see this.

An enlisted guy who screwed up? You get the book thrown at you. Secretary of State? Different deal.

(From The Washington Examiner)

Saucier, now 31, was 22 years old when he took the cellphone photos in 2009. He pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized retention of national defense information and his attorneys unsuccessfully requested the “Clinton deal,” meaning little if any punishment.

The six photos found on a cellphone Saucier discarded were deemed “confidential,” the lowest level of classification, even though some depicted the vessel’s nuclear reactor. Clinton, by contrast, sent and received highly classified information on a private email server. In pleading guilty, Saucier admitted destroying evidence after being questioned.

Saucier argued the photos were innocent keepsakes and pointed to two co-workers caught taking photos inside the sub’s engine room who were not prosecuted. Prosecutors cast doubt on the explanation and said his conduct could have harmed the country, though there was no evidence that happened.

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