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CIA fires leaker; shades of confidentiality/privacy
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 18:51:45 -0400
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From: Ross Stapleton-Gray <ross () stapleton-gray com>
Date: April 21, 2006 6:40:15 PM EDT
To: Dave <dave () farber net>
Subject: CIA fires leaker; shades of confidentiality/privacy
The CIA has apparently fired the source of leaks to the media
regarding secret prisons in Eastern Europe:
There're some meta-issues here... NB, "Citing the Privacy Act, the
CIA would not disclose any details about the officer's identity or
what that person might have told the news media;" of course, said
firee may very well like to have his/her case taken up publicly...
presumably they felt that the information leaked was important to be
heard by the public in the first place. Also, later in the piece,
the rather hypocritial, "On Friday, another government official, also
speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the
information, said the fired officer had failed a polygraph test,"...
so, a leak ABOUT the leak!
CIA Fires Employee for Alleged Leak
- By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer
Friday, April 21, 2006
(04-21) 15:25 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --
In a highly unusual move, the CIA has fired an employee for leaking
classified information to the news media, including details about
secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe that resulted in a Pultizer
Prize-winning story, officials said Friday.
A federal criminal investigation has also been opened.
CIA Director Porter Goss announced the firing in a short message to
agency employees circulated Thursday. It is the first time since he
took over in August 2004, vowing to clamp down on leaks, that he has
dismissed an intelligence officer for speaking with reporters.
Agency spokesman Paul Gimigliano confirmed an officer had been fired
for having unauthorized contacts with the media and disclosing
classified information to reporters, including details about
"The officer has acknowledged unauthorized discussions with the media
and the unauthorized sharing of classified information," Gimigliano
said. "That is a violation of the secrecy agreement that everyone
signs as a condition of employment with the CIA."
Citing the Privacy Act, the CIA would not disclose any details about
the officer's identity or what that person might have told the news
However, a law enforcement official confirmed there was a criminal
investigation under way and 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. The law
enforcement official spoke only on condition of anonymity, citing the
sensitivity of the matter.
The Post reported that the CIA had set up a covert prison system
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.
Goss has pressed for aggressive investigations of leaked information.
"The damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our
mission," Goss told Congress in February, adding that a federal grand
jury should be impaneled to determine "who is leaking this information."
On Friday, another government official, also speaking on condition of
anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, said the
fired officer had failed a polygraph test.
It was not clear if the person was taking a routine polygraph
examination, as is required periodically of employees with access to
classified information, or if the polygraph was among those ordered
by Goss to find leakers inside the agency.
Justice Department officials declined to comment publicly on the
firing and whether the matter had been referred to federal
prosecutors for possible criminal charges. One law enforcement
official said there were dozens of leak investigations under way.
The Washington Post's Dana Priest won a Pulitzer Prize this week for
her reporting on the secret prisons story.
"No Post reporter has been subpoenaed or talked to investigators in
connection with this matter," Post spokesman Eric Grant said Friday.
Associated Press Writer Mark Sherman contributed to this report.
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- CIA fires leaker; shades of confidentiality/privacy David Farber (Apr 21)