WASHINGTON (AP) —  The Pentagon has released a previously secret report on a failed $1 billion National Security Agency computer project that supports criticisms of several whistleblowers, including former spy-agency official Thomas Drake.

The government last year accused Drake of handing a reporter highly classified documents about the project, called Trailblazer.

Drake’s was one of several leak cases prosecuted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act, a policy criticized by anti-secrecy groups as overkill.

The case fell apart this month after the government balked at putting classified material in evidence. Drake pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and will be sentenced July 15.

The heavily-censored 2004 report obtained by the Project on Government Oversight said Trailblazer, under development by contractors, could be more costly and less capable than a rival in-house system.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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