Sailor who mishandled classified info cites Clinton, seeks leniency
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 16, 2016
SAN ANTONIO — A sailor who pleaded guilty to photographing classified submarine systems hopes to receive leniency by comparing his case to Hillary Clinton’s ongoing e-mail controversy, his lawyers said in a court document.
Petty Officer First Class Kristian M. Saucier, 29, will be sentenced Friday for a felony charge of retaining national defense information. He pleaded guilty in May on the charge that he photographed classified workings of the propulsion system of the nuclear powered USS Alexandria.
The photos taken in 2009 showed parts of the reactor configuration, according to the memo filed last week in support of a probation sentencing by Saucier’s lawyer, Derrick Hogan. Saucier knew the system was secret and prohibited from being documented, but he wanted to show his future family what he did in the Navy, the court filing states.
Hogan submitted the memo ahead of the sentencing and argues for leniency by making comparisons to the high-profile investigation into Clinton’s use of a private computer server as Secretary of State. During Clinton’s tenure, she possessed 110 classified emails, including eight chains of top secret information, on her server, FBI Director James Comey said in July following an investigation.