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Showing posts with label leaks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label leaks. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

National Security Reporting Under Fire

A federal appeals court's decision last Friday compelling New York Times reporter James Risen to identify the source for a chapter in his 2006 book, State of War, about a CIA operation that went awry, is just the latest big blow in the government's assault on press freedom--a pillar of the Constitution.  Read more here.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Former CIA operator Frank Snepp's revelations of how the spy agency deserted files and friends in its hasty 1975 exit from Vietnam created a media firestorm three decades ago, not unlike the one enveloping NSA leaker Edward Snowden and reporters today.

Enraged by Snepp's temerity, President Jimmy Carter's CIA and Justice Department went after him with hammer and tong.  

"The only thing separating Snowden himself from legal immolation, I believe, is the possible difficulty of extraditing him from [Hong Kong]," Snepp told me.  READ MORE HERE.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pentagon Suppressing Report on Panetta Leak

Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta disclosed above-Top Secret information on the 2011 Bin Laden raid at a spy agency reception for US Navy SEALs and urged other officials to cooperate with Hollywood on the controversial "Zero Dark 30" film, according to a suppressed Pentagon Inspector General report that was quoted Tuesday night by a nonpartisan Washington watchdog organization.
The Project on Goverment Oversight, which obtained the report, said the Pentagon IG was "sitting on" the results of the leaks investigation fingering Panetta, while noting the administration's otherwise aggressive pursuit of minor officials and news organizations for leaks.
One Pentagon source likened the situation to "Animal Farm," where some officials "are more equal than others."
Read the whole report here.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Kiriakou Plea Provokes Bitter Name-Calling Among Lawyers

Is John Kiriakou a leaker or a patriotic whistleblower?  Some rare, public name-calling among lawyers close to the case has broken out over the question.

Some of the ex-CIA man’s most fervent supporters claim the government is persecuting a patriot who helped expose CIA water boarding and the other “enhanced interrogation techniques” many people equate with torture.

The Justice Department begs to differ, of course. It argues the case is simple: Kiriakou “repeatedly” disclosed classified information and the names of covert CIA employees to journalists.

So far, it has been winning. Kiriakou’s lawyers last week lost a key pre-trial ruling when the judge in the case said the feds would not have to prove that Kiriakou meant harm to the United States by exposing the interrogation program to public scrutiny.  

That set-back, apparently, led his lawyers to seek a plea deal with the feds, which one source said might amount to two-and-a-half years in prison. A hearing is scheduled for 11 tomorrow morning in federal court in Alexandria, Va.

[Update: Kiriakou and the Justice Department finalized the deal in court on Tuesday, the former CIA man pleading guilty to one count of illegally disclosing the identity of a covert agent. He's expected to spend 30 months in prison.] 

Even as a plea deal was only rumored, Kiriakou’s most staunch defenders were denouncing his lawyers, which include famed Washington defense attorney Plato Cacheris, for taking it.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Film Exposes the Seduction of Secrecy

“Secrecy is something like forbidden fruit,” former NSA official Mike Levin says in a startling new documentary, aptly named Secrecy. “You can’t have it. It’s classified. That makes you want it more.” But who should determine what a real secret is -- bureaucrats or the press?

CQ Politics (05/09/2008)