President Trump had raised the case during the campaign to contrast with the treatment given to Hillary Clinton.
I agreed with the criticism of the case. Saucier was just 22 years old when he took the cellphone pictures in 2009. The area of the submarine was classified only as “confidential” but prosecutors still hammering the kid as if he were a major KGB agent.
Saucier was left to work at a garbage collector to support his family. While he was in prison, they lost their cars and their home.
I have previously written about the Animal Farm culture of Washington and the special treatment given to the powerful and well-connected (here and here). This is one such example.
What is troubling is that there is no indication of a review of the decision to prosecute this young man or the prosecutors who made those decisions. He should have been disciplined, stripped of his clearance, or even mustered out. However, the prosecutors showed no discretion, let alone empathy, in this prosecution.