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Friday, April 21, 2006

Breaking News! CIA Officer Fired For Leaking

This comes from FOX News. (Hat-Tip: Hugh Hewitt and Michelle Malkin.)

A CIA officer has been relieved of his duty after being caught leaking classified information to the media.

Citing the Privacy Act, the CIA would not provide any details about the officer's identity or assignments. It was not immediately clear if the person would face prosecution. The firing is a highly unusual move, although there has been an ongoing investigation into leaks in the CIA.

"The officer has acknowledged unauthorized discussions with the media and the unauthorized sharing of classified information," said CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano. "That is a violation of the secrecy agreement that everyone signs as a condition of employment with the CIA."

One official called this a "damaging leak" that deals with operational information and said the fired officer "knowingly and willfully" leaked the information to the media and "was caught."

The CIA officer was not in the public affairs office, nor was he someone authorized to talk to the media. The investigation was launched in January by the CIA's security center. It was directed to look at employees who had been exposed to certain intelligence programs. In the course of the investigation, the fired officer admitted discussing classified information including information about classified operations.

A senior law enforcement official said the person fired failed a polygraph test, which was given as part of the agency's internal investigation into media leaks. As to which or how many questions the person failed, the official said they didn't know.

On the subject of potential prosecution, the official said if the person admitted to leaking classified information, it would be almost negligent not to prosecute them for breaking the law. Failing a polygraph in and of itself does not qualify a person for prosecution but an admission does.
The investigation is ongoing.

Justice Department spokesman said "no comment" on the firing. The spokesman also would not say whether the agency was looking into any criminal action against the officer. One law enforcement official said there were dozens of leak investigations under way.

A second law enforcement official confirmed said the CIA officer had provided information that contributed to a Washington Post story last year saying there were secret U.S. prisons in Eastern Europe.

Sources have told FOX News in the past that the CIA prisons/black sites story was referred to the Justice Department for investigation. That story involved the transfer of terror suspects to other countries for questioning. Some believe the CIA transferred suspects to secret prisons in countries where torture is more acceptable; secret prisons and many harsh methods of interrogation would be illegal on U.S. soil.

The administration has refused to address the question of whether it operated such secret sites that may be illegal under European law, citing the constraints of classified information.

The Washington Post report caused an international uproar, and government officials have said it did significant damage to relationships between the U.S. and allied intelligence agencies.

CIA Director
Porter Goss has pressed for aggressive investigations. In his latest appearance before Congress, Goss condemned the unauthorized disclosure of information.

"The damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our mission," Goss said in February, adding that a federal grand jury should be impaneled to determine "who is leaking this information."

All I will cite is US Code: Title 18, 798 which deals with not only the operative's crime, but also any journalists that obtained information from him.

A CIA officer does not have the right, or duty to disclose classified information, unless instructed to do so by a superior officer, and certainly not to the media. The officer not only broke his oath to the CIA and the government, but if what he was passing on was equally as damaging as the revelation of the NSA terrorist surveillance program, then he should honestly never see the light of day again.

He was caught doing this. He was knowingly and willfully divulging classified material to someone who neither had a "need to know," or the proper security clearance to view the information. This is not treason. I want that observed right now before anyone goes off half-cocked. Yes, he committed a crime. Yes, he passed on classified information. But it was not directly into the hands of our enemies, or any other foreign entity that we know of. Treason is not an easy crime to prove, and based on what is known now, it would be even tougher.

Personally speaking, I would like to see him skinned alive for the crime. We are at war. Thomas and I have emphasized this over and over again. If you are in such a position--that being privy to classified material--you keep your ever-loving mouth shut. Period. You do not talk to your wife or kids about it. You do not break ice at parties (like Valerie Plame did) about it. You do not even discuss it with your dog. A nation that is loose with their secrets will find their enemies at their doors very soon.

Ring him up on the charge, and find out who else he's spoken to in the media. If it happens to be the two nuts from the New York Times that did break the NSA story, they should be rung up, too. And make sure it is a harsh penalty for the crime. Send the message that not only will this not be tolerated, but that anyone caught doing this again--and that includes any Pulitzer-Prize seeking putzs--will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.

The Bunny ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a "journalist" and/or being award the Pulitzer is no defense. Indict her! Indict the Mary! Being a clinton person isn't a defense! I have a feeling there's more to come. Rawriter

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