April 22, 2006


CIA Officer Is Fired for Media Leaks: The Post Was Among Outlets That Gained Classified Data (Dafna Linzer, April 22, 2006, Washington Post)

The CIA fired a long-serving intelligence officer for sharing classified information with The Washington Post and other news organizations, officials said yesterday, as the agency continued an aggressive internal search for anyone who may have discussed intelligence with the news media. [...]

The CIA did not reveal the identity of the employee, who was dismissed Thursday, but NBC News reported last night she is Mary McCarthy. An intelligence source confirmed that the report was accurate. [...]

The CIA's statement did not name the reporters it believes were involved, but several intelligence officials said The Post's Dana Priest was among them. This week, Priest won the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting for articles about the agency, including one that revealed the existence of secret, CIA-run prisons in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.

CIA Director Porter J. Goss told the Senate intelligence committee in February that the agency was determined to get to the bottom of recent leaks, and wanted journalists brought before a federal grand jury to reveal their sources. Regarding disclosures about CIA detention and interrogation of terrorist suspects at secret sites abroad, Goss, the former chairman of the House intelligence committee, said that "the damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our mission."

In better days we executed such people. Doesn't help that she appears to be a Kerry donor.

Pulitzer Prizes for treachery (Douglas MacKinnon, April 21, 2006 , Washington Times)

Dana Priest of The Washington Post, won the best reporting award for revealing that the CIA was using secret prisons in Easter Europe to interrogate terrorists.

In other words, they gave an award to a reporter who got a tip from a government worker who betrayed his or her country by revealing top-secret information. The reporter and The Post, in an effort to become the darlings of left, then splashed said top secret information all over the front page. Who benefited from this "Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporting?" Terrorists who mean to kill everyone in the United States.

Next, you have the New York Times winning a Pulitzer Prize for announcing President Bush's "domestic eavesdropping program." Again, a proudly left-of-center newspaper is given a prestigious award for revealing top secret information that can only bring aid and comfort to al Qaeda and other terrorists who mean to destroy us and our allies.

It should be noted that with regard to the two prizes just mentioned, in the interests of national security, Mr. Bush personally appealed the patriotism and commonsense of both The Post and the New York Times, and implored them not to run the stories. Both papers, it seems, put their strong dislike of Mr. Bush and his policies before the future safety of Americans.

No Proof of Secret C.I.A. Prisons, European Antiterror Chief Says (DAN BILEFSKY, 4/21/06, NY Times)
The European Union's antiterrorism chief told a hearing on Thursday that he had not been able to prove that secret C.I.A. prisons existed in Europe.

"We've heard all kinds of allegations," the official, Gijs de Vries, said before a committee of the European Parliament. "It does not appear to be proven beyond reasonable doubt." [...]

Many European nations were outraged after an article in The Washington Post in November cited unidentified intelligence officials as saying that the C.I.A. had maintained detention centers for terrorism suspects in eight countries, including some in Eastern Europe.

Let's at least give her the benefit of the doubt and assume there really were secret detention facilities.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 22, 2006 8:04 AM

Prosecute him!

Posted by: Genecis at April 22, 2006 9:09 AM

Her. The identity of the leaker has been leaked (Mary McCarthy).

Posted by: Gideon at April 22, 2006 9:22 AM

Can't say it too often, only fools play poker with this president.

I predict a link from McCarthy to Mary Mapes, CBS News, Abu Gharib and who knows what else. It should be an entertaining next couple of weeks.

Posted by: erp at April 22, 2006 9:56 AM

Err, prosecute her!

Posted by: Genecis at April 22, 2006 10:52 AM

Not just a Kerry donor - but she also gave $5000 to the Ohio Democratic party.

Plus, she is tied in with Richard Clarke and Sandy Berger.

I wonder if Dana Priest is having any internal conflict today. I wonder if she has a good lawyer. I wonder if she will like being called "Duranty" Dana.

As a good conservative, I hope that this is just the first of the 'dozens' of firings (and subsequent prosecutions) to come. One or two of these revelations a week for the next couple of months, and the theme of the 2006 election will be etched in stone. Especially if there are any ties to the Democratic party, like the phone calls from Kerry campaigners (Joe Lockhart) to Mary Mapes.

The story is about to become the media itself, and with the media 'stars' to testify in the Libby trial, it won't be pretty.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 22, 2006 11:03 AM

This issue needs to be exploited politically and raised as high as possible in the headlines. It's payback time. There has to be a price for abusing intelligence for domestic political gain. Ironically this is what Bush has been accused of.

The more I learn about these CIA analyst types the more I agree with OJ. Shut the Agency down and go open source. Move the ops side to the Pentagon. Too many of them are not interested in protecting America, just making sure their lefitst elitist side wins elections.

Posted by: JAB at April 22, 2006 11:19 AM

Mary McCarthy is quite the academic - she has a B.A. and an M.A. (history) from Michigan State, an M.A. in library science from Minnesota, and a Ph.D (history) from Minnesota.

Perhaps she thought the CIA was just another faculty lounge, where the best gossip would promote her status.

Posted by: ratbert at April 22, 2006 11:33 AM

Priest is an alleged male.

Posted by: erp at April 22, 2006 11:55 AM

"Ole Hick'ry said we could take 'em by suprise, if we didn't fire our muskets 'til we looked 'em in the eyes."

The long-rumored Spring Offensive has begun.

Posted by: ghostcat at April 22, 2006 12:57 PM

Did the Washington Post story mention anything about eight-year-old heroin addicts in these secret Eastern European CIA prisons?

Posted by: Dee at April 22, 2006 1:46 PM

Nguyen Ngoc Loan, where are you now that we need you?

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 22, 2006 7:21 PM

The big media oulets are going to be in white hot fury if it turns out Ms. Priest was used as a conduit for misinformation in order to smoke out a leaker at the CIA -- and it will be only partially because the action made Dana and the Washington Post look bad. The main part will be, because the Pulitzer committee decided to give her journalism's top honor, it makes the entire awards system come off as if they were played for suckers.

Posted by: John at April 22, 2006 10:15 PM

Why give her the benefit of the doubt?

Posted by: sharon at April 22, 2006 11:43 PM

I wouldn't think it logical for the CIA to do a sting knowing the calamity that would fall on European allies. Of course they would have had prior notice if it were a mis-information operation. Then again maybe we did have those rendition holding pens. Makes perfect sense.

However it came about I hope it leads to each and every culprit complicit in leaking security information to the press, which is the world and our enemies therein.

Posted by: Tom Wall at April 23, 2006 1:10 AM

Correction: Dana Priest is an alleged married woman.

Posted by: erp at April 23, 2006 7:59 AM

Except that Western Europe is objectively the enenmy and peeling off England and Eastern Europe makes good strategic sense. Sadly, the CIA is likewise the enemy, so you know that's not what they were doing.

Posted by: oj at April 23, 2006 8:04 AM