A former US government intelligence analyst has been charged with leaking classified national security information to a reporter.

Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested after allegedly providing at least 17 top secret documents to an unnamed journalist.

According to the indictment, the files related to counterterrorism and were published in whole or in part.

He is expected to make his first court appearance in Nashville on Thursday.

After enlisting with the US Air Force in 2009, Mr Hale went on to work as an analyst with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), court documents say.

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