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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Saturday, April 22, 2006

CIA Leaker Fired.....Will Prosecution Follow?

It's a good thing someone is becoming accountable for leaking classified government information. Benedict Arnold is alive and well at the CIA. xxx
Associated Press is reporting the CIA fired a top intelligence analyst who admitted leaking classified information that led to a Pulitzer Prize-winning story about a network of secret CIA prisons, government officials say. The officer was a senior analyst nearing retirement, Mary McCarthy.
Is this treason, at the very least a crime punishable with a long-term prison sentence? McCarthy has acknowledged unauthorized discussions with the media and the unauthorized sharing of classified information.
The Washington Post's Dana Priest won a Pulitzer Prize this week for her reporting on a covert prison system set up by the CIA after Sept. 11, 2001, that at various times included sites in eight countries. The story caused an international uproar, and government officials have said it did significant damage to relationships between the U.S. and allied intelligence agencies.
It's too bad coveted awards such as the Pulitzer Prize are obtained with the use of classified information. Further comments by Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie Jr. said on the newspaper's Web site:
"We don't know the details of why (the CIA employee) was fired, so I can't comment on that. But as a general principle, obviously I am opposed to criminalizing the dissemination of government information to the press."
Apparently the Washington Post condones leaking sensitive government details if it leads to a big story. We say, "Hang Em' High!"

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