Sailor Who Tried ‘Clinton Defense’ Gets 1 Year in Prison for Taking Photos in Nuclear Sub

August 19, 2016 Updated: August 19, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—A U.S. Navy sailor has been sentenced to a year in prison for taking photos of classified areas inside a nuclear attack submarine while it was in port in Connecticut.

Kristian Saucier, of Arlington, Vermont, was sentenced Friday in federal court in Bridgeport.

Saucier pleaded guilty in May to unauthorized detention of defense information.

He also must serve six months of home confinement.

Saucier compared his case to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. The FBI declined to charge Clinton for her handling of classified information while using the server.

Saucier took six photos inside the USS Alexandria in 2009 when it was in Groton. The photos were on a phone that was found at a waste transfer station in Connecticut.

Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier, 29, will be sentenced on a charge of retaining national defense information without authorization. (US District Court of Connecticut)
Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier, 29, will be sentenced on a charge of retaining national defense information without authorization. (US District Court of Connecticut)

U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill didn’t specifically refer to Clinton but criticized Saucier’s lawyers for comparing the two cases.

“The question of selective prosecution is a very tenuous issue to raise at the time of sentencing,” said Underhill, according to the Hartford Courant.

“Both sides have tried to equate this case to other cases,” he said. “But to a very significant degree, Mr. Saucier brought that upon himself because he destroyed the evidence that could have proven his innocence or at least proven he was not acting at the behest of someone else.”

Epoch Times contributed to this report.

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