Plenty of updates below the fold, which I will update daily
Hey, I get home from work and find out that the CIA has fired the leaker of the CIA prison story…NICE!
In a rare occurrence, the CIA fired an officer who acknowledged giving classified information to a reporter, NBC News learned Friday.
The officer flunked a polygraph exam before being fired on Thursday and is now under investigation by the Justice Department, NBC has learned.
Intelligence sources tell NBC News the accused officer, Mary McCarthy, worked in the CIA’s inspector general’s office and had worked for the National Security Council under the Clinton and and George W. Bush administrations.
I wonder which Administration she held allegience to huh?
Even more ironic is this:
The information was allegedly provided to Dana Priest of the Washington Post, who wrote about CIA prisons in November and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for her reporting.
Priest gets the Pulitzer while hopefully this jackoff gets prison for undermining our national security. I wish they both could be put away but I guess that would be too much to ask for.
You will recall that Porter Goss told the Senate that these leaks had damaged our intelligence gathering capability and in so doing our national security:
CIA Director Porter J. Goss told a Senate committee yesterday that unauthorized leaks of classified information about agency activities have caused “severe damage” to the CIA’s operations and that journalists who report leaks should be questioned by a grand jury.[…]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.” He added: “It is my aim and it is my hope that we will witness a grand jury investigation with reporters present being asked to reveal who is leaking this information. I believe the safety of this nation and the people of this country deserves nothing less.”
Security Watchtower points to an article written by the Weekly Standard where they detail the ongoing intelligence war with this Administration for no other reason to help it’s downfall:
“The CIA’s war against the Bush administration is one of the great untold stories of the past three years. It is, perhaps, the agency’s most successful covert action of recent times. The CIA has used its budget to fund criticism of the administration by former Democratic officeholders. The agency allowed an employee, Michael Scheuer, to publish and promote a book containing classified information, as long as, in Scheuer’s words, “the book was being used to bash the president.” However, the agency’s preferred weapon has been the leak. In one leak after another, generally to the New York Times or the Washington Post, CIA officials have sought to undermine America’s foreign policy. Usually this is done by leaking reports or memos critical of administration policies or skeptical of their prospects. Through it all, our principal news outlets, which share the agency’s agenda and profit from its torrent of leaks, have maintained a discreet silence about what should be a major scandal.”
And these leaks are continuing at a dizzying pace, hopefully this new development may send notice that our national security is not up for grabs just so they can give a few uppercuts to this Administration. It’s disgusting, despicible, and morally reprehensible.
You all know whats coming next from the left right? “How about the Plame leak?”
You mean that leak that told everyone what everyone already knew? That Plame was a desk jockey in the CIA who hated Bush and helped send her Bush hating compadre to Niger so he can lie about it? You mean that leak?
But I digress.
John at Powerline has some more info that is heartening:
Meanwhile, the Justice Department says that “there [are] dozens of leak investigations under way.” It seems likely that one of them relates to the leak of the NSA’s terrorist surveillance program.
Awesome news. Hopefully Goss is going to ferret all these criminals out.
My only regret is that the investigations didn’t start sooner. Democrats in the CIA have been conducting a leak war against the Bush administration for at least the past three years. Perhaps if the law had been enforced more vigorously long ago, the later leaks, which were even more damaging to national security, might not have occurred.
But you know it’s not occurring only in the CIA. How about Congress? (via Strata-Sphere)
Could there be a connection between the CIA firing and and the news that a key Democrat Hill Representative from West VA resigning his poston the House Ethics Committee? Coincidence? Seems like it. Except for the fact one name keeps propping up in the NSA leak investigation: one Senator Rockefeller from West VA. Probably just coincidence?
Most of us have suspected Rockefeller in being involved with these leaks since the day he admitted he leaked our war plans to our enemy.
WALLACE: Now, the President never said that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat. As you saw, you did say that. If anyone hyped the intelligence, isn?t it Jay Rockefeller?
SEN. ROCKEFELLER: No. The ? I mean, this question is asked a thousand times and I?ll be happy to answer it a thousand times. I took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq ? that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9/11.
Hell, it was apparent he was a little worried when he told reporters that the Executive branch leaked the information, a big thumbs up to that one you dimwit:
Rockefeller suggested that the ?leaks? Goss talked about most likely ?came from the executive branch? of the government.
So in the end this Democrat mole inside the CIA (she gave the Kerry campaign $2,000 and $5,000 to the Democratic Party in Ohio) will be prosecuted, I have no doubt. Do I have proof of this, no. But recall that months ago the Justice Department admitted they were probing this leak so I expect her to be indicted relatively shortly:
The Justice Department has also opened a probe into whether classified information was illegally disclosed to The Washington Post, which reported on a network of secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.
And I have a feeling that this is just the first of a series of CIA firings.
Investigations into reports that US agents shipped prisoners through European airports to secret detention centers have produced no evidence of illegal CIA activities, the European Union’s antiterrorism coordinator said yesterday.
The investigations also have not turned up any proof of secret renditions of terror suspects on EU territory, Gijs de Vries told a European Parliament committee investigating the allegations.
The European Parliament’s probe and a similar one by the continent’s leading human rights watchdog are looking into whether US intelligence agents interrogated Al Qaeda suspects at secret prisons in Eastern Europe and transported some on secret flights through Europe.
But so far investigators have not identified any human rights violations, despite more than 50 hours of testimony by human rights activists and individuals who said they were abducted by US intelligence agents, de Vries said.
And Hugh Hewitt asks a terrific question:
If the CIA employee fired today for leaking highly classified material to the press had instead taken a computer and given it to a reporter, the reporter would be guilty of receiving stolen goods, right?
And if an Apple employee leaked key design and development info to a competitor, the competitor would be in the wrong, right?
So, how can the journalists recipient of the pilfered info be a hero?
Because the reporters’ colleagues are reporting the news about the leak?
Because government needs watchdogs?
But what if the leaked information compromised an anti-terrorist operation, allowing terrorists to escape and strike U.S. interests, or the homeland, later?
Jeff Goldstein makes some valid points:
To be clear: I think it is dangerous to stifle a free press; but at the same time, press freedom needs to be tied to responsibility. And printing leaked state security secrets for partisan reasons is not journalism, nor is it particularly brave: instead, it is ideological manipulation using the fourth estate as a way to influence public opinion.
Plus a former spook weighs in on why this person should be prosecuted:
We’ve said it before, and it’s worth repeating again: in order to survive, a democracy must have some secrets–and it’s not up to a disgruntled CIA employee to decide what gets declassified. I’m sure that some observers on the left will claim a double standard: George W. Bush allows Scooter Libby to “leak” information for “political” purposes, while the CIA worker loses his job. But there is a difference. The President has the legal authority to declassify information; a desk analyst at Langley does not. I’m no fan of political leaks by either side, but the President has the weight of the law behind him, and every chief executive has “declassified” information as he has seen fit. On the other hand, rank-and-file employees within the ntelligence community don’t have that authority, and they’re still bound by non-disclosure agreements.
And The Gay Patriot is thinking the same thing as myself about a certain US Senator:
I?m just waiting for a United States Senator to be the next to be charged for treason for leaking classified information about the NSA wiretapping program targeting suspected terrorists within the USA. Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Interesting bio of this mole:
Prior to joining CSIS in August 2001, Mary O. McCarthy was a senior policy adviser to the CIA’s deputy director for science and technology. Until July 2001, she served as special assistant to the president and senior director for intelligence programs on the National Security Council (NSC) Staff, under both Presidents Clinton and Bush. From 1991 until her appointment to the NSC, McCarthy served on the National Intelligence Council. She began her government service as an analyst, then manager, in CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence, holding positions in both African and Latin American analysis. From 1979 to 1984 she was employed by BERI, S.A., conducting financial, operational, and political risk assessments for multinational companies and banks. Previously she had taught at the University of Minnesota and was director of the Social Science Data Archive at Yale University. McCarthy has a B.A. and M.A. in history from Michigan State University, an M.A. in library science from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of Social Change and the Growth of British Power in the Gold Coast (University Press of America, 1983).
Look who else is a member of this organization: (via Free Republic)
Zbigniew Brzezinski — Counselor and Trustee, CSIS
General Wesley Clark USA (Ret.), Distinguished Senior Adviser
General Anthony Zinni USMC (Ret.), Distinguished Senior Adviser
Isn’t that special
And look who promoted this lady:
Washington — National Security Advisor Samuel R. Berger announced June 16 the appointment of Mary O’Neil McCarthy as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs.
Mr. Burgler himself. Even more special.
Will the Democratic party be named the Culture of Treason now?
A commentor at Free Republic is putting together something that is intriguing:
I was struck by the same thing: common Africa connections:
Mary McCarthy: … began her government service as an analyst, then manager, in CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence, holding positions in both African and Latin American analysis. [I think this was 1984 to 1991].
1991 to 2001: National Security Council
Joe Wilson: U.S. Ambassador to the [African ]Gabonese Republic 1992 to 1995…
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from June 1997 until July 1998
Am I reading this right?! They served on the NSC together with the same portfolio (Africa)?! And she was the CIA’s Africa analyst at the time ole Joe was down there?!
Um, wow. Seeing that she worked there through 1996 there is definately a connection between the two. Will this connection reach all the way up to this leak? It’s plausible.
Marty in the comments section linked to this from the 911 Commission report:
Ever since March 1995, American officials had had in the backs of their minds Aum Shinrikyo’s release of sarin nerve gas in the Tokyo subway. President Clinton himself had expressed great concern about chemical and biological terrorism in the United States. Bin Ladin had reportedly been heard to speak of wanting a “Hiroshima” and at least 10,000 casualties. The CIA reported that a soil sample from the vicinity of the al Shifa plant had tested positive for EMPTA, a precursor chemical for VX, a nerve gas whose lone use was for mass killing. Two days before the embassy bombings, Clarke’s staff wrote that Bin Ladin “has invested in and almost certainly has access to VX produced at a plant in Sudan.”43 Senior State Department officials believed that they had received a similar verdict independently, though they and Clarke’s staff were probably relying on the same report. Mary McCarthy, the NSC senior director responsible for intelligence programs, initially cautioned Berger that the “bottom line” was that “we will need much better intelligence on this facility before we seriously consider any options.” She added that the link between Bin Ladin and al Shifa was “rather uncertain at this point.” Berger has told us that he thought about what might happen if the decision went against hitting al Shifa, and nerve gas was used in a New York subway two weeks later.44
Sounds like she was wrong almost all of the time.
And the MSM starts their counter attack:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaked national defense information to a pro-Israel lobbyist in the same manner that landed a lower-level Pentagon official a 12-year prison sentence, the lobbyist’s lawyer said Friday.
Prosecutors disputed the claim.
Recall on Update II I linked to a bio of this mole from the CSIS, well they have taken it down. It took them 30 minutes to complete this but thankfully it’s cached here plus I have a screenshot of the cache here.
AJStrata has tied the bio up along with the 9/11 commission section quoted above with an interesting timeline:
This confirms the contents of the bio above. On Page 210 she is mentioned as one of the people working with Condi Rice to plan for dealing with the Taliban before 9-11:
In March 2001, Rice asked the CIA to prepare a new series of authorities for covert action in Afghanistan. Rice?s recollection was that the idea had come from Clarke and the NSC senior director for intelligence, Mary McCarthy, and had been linked to the proposal for aid to the Northern Alliance and the Uzbeks.
In what is becoming a bad trend for Mary, she is now linked with Sandy Berger and Richard Clarke. Especially this strange reference (again from the 9-11 report):
9. See Joint Inquiry briefing by Mike, Sept. 12,2002.For briefings to the NSC,see NSC email,Clarke to Berger, ?Threat Warning: Usama bin Ladin,? Mar. 7, 1998; Mary McCarthy interview (Dec. 8, 2003); CIA memos, summary of weekly Berger/Tenet meeting, May 1, 1998.
She apparently came to the defense of Richard Clarke once. If she is one in the same, this person has betrayed a lot of people with her actions.
Is it me or is this connection between her, Berger, and Clarke a little unsettling? This may confirm once and for all what many of us have been saying, this is an attempted coup of huge proportion.
Well go figure, Dana Priest was interviewed yesterday and said this:
Dana Priest: Well, actually, the media is not breaking the law by publishing classified information. That’s still a safeguard we have in the law. The person/s who turn it over are breaking the law, technically.
But the courts and the body politic have always looked at this as the cost of democracy and that is one huge reason why reporters have not be pursued previously. It’s the trade off for having a free press. The alternative is prior censorship and government control of the media, a la Israel, China, Iran, etc.
Really Dana? The press has no culpability in printing classified information? We shall see.
The Justice Department also argued in a court filing last month that reporters can be prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act for receiving and publishing classified informationThe brief was filed in support of a case against two pro-Israeli lobbyists, who are the first nongovernment officials to be prosecuted for receiving and distributing classified information…..
The Espionage Act makes it a crime for a government official with access to “national defense information” to communicate it intentionally to any unauthorized person. A 1950 amendment aimed at Soviet spying broadened the law, forbidding an unauthorized recipient of the information to pass it on, or even to keep it to himself.
Last update for the night unfortunately, gotta work tomorrow. But it appears Drudge is now onto the story about her connections judging by this headline:
BUSTED AT THE CIA: Senior director for intelligence programs under Clinton [appointed by Sandy Berger], Kerry supporter…’Failed polygraph, admitted giving reporter information’…
And I’ll end with this great comment at FR:
Clarke, Beers, and Mary McCarthy were three of the top counter-terrorism officials in the country, all in the NSC, in the period 1999-2001. It can truly and fairly be said that the 9/11 plots developed on THEIR watch and that THEIR failings had more to do with it than anyone in the Bush team who’d only had a few months in office and had to deal with the (then) Democratic Senate not confirming important national security appointees, etc.
The connections between this woman, Clarke, Burgler and Beers will force the MSM to report this story….
I know, what am I saying. If the MSM can ignore the Saddam documents that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt most everything Bush alleged about Saddam, then they can ignore this.
But we better not let them ignore this without a fight.
UPDATE XI 04/22/06 1930hrs PST
As some of you know my blog was hacked by some liberal punks who obviously did not like my post here. I’ve spent half the day getting it back up so not too much time to spend on this story but Macsmind brings up some points that I didn’t think of, specifically at what level was Mary involved in sending Wilson to Niger?
We now know that McCarthy was a hire of Sandy Burglar, a Clintonista, and a heavy contributor to failed Presidential candidate John Kerry. In addition she worked out of the IG’s office of the CIA who would have directly worked on the referral to the JD of the Valerie Plame Game. As the Agency is a small sorority, I immediately wonder just how close she was and is to Valerie Plame.
As I noted from the beginning of the Plame Game, the story was never about Joe Wilson’s boondoggle to Niger per-se, but about an elaborate coup by a group of rogue ops to undermine the President of the United States in war time. This is much more than just the leak of CIA prisons – a story which in itself is false, but about the oldest type of war waged and which the CIA is expert at. That being toppling Governments by misinformation propaganda designed to sow discord among the people. Thus the Plame Game was and continues to be a ruse – a paper tiger– a fact that Fitzgerald and his bungling prosecution continually reminds us of.
AJStrata brings up the same thing but doesn’t think the timeline would fit:
[…]In 2002 I do not believe McCarthy was in a position to send Joe to Niger. In 2003 she may have been in a position to deal with the referal from the CIA to DoJ on the Plame Game in her role in the IG office. Rumors have it she was involved in investigating CIA interrogations and that might be how she obtained information to give to Dana Priest. Interestingly, Mary may have been in a position to send Joe on his first Niger trip for Valerie! Michelle is watching how this may turn out. Michelle does have a link up to thoughts by Mark Levin. Mac Ranger promises more to come (go to the end of the post).
And of course some great thoughts by Mark Levin:
Well, as of this morning (Saturday) most of the big media don’t care. They’re fixated with the weather and gas prices ? and anything else that will divert the public’s attention from the stunning revelation that a Sandy Berger crony has apparently been leaking top-secret information from her high post at the CIA. The media will continue to downplay this story as they cover-up their own role in exposing our nation’s secrets, including the supposed existence of CIA prisons in Europe. She’ll be called a “whistleblower” and praised as some kind of patriot (a patriot, in the eyes of the media, is anybody who undermines this administration and the war effort by leaking national security secrets to them). They will downplay that McCarthy was a Clintonoid who somehow managed to land a top post at the CIA, ultimately winding up in the CIA’s Inspector General’s Office, from where she could monitor CIA internal investigations of, well, leaks, among other things.
The news spin, to the extent attention is being paid to this by the big media outlets, is that McCarthy’s firing is unprecedented! Or it’s Bush’s fault! In one of the most absurd comments by any newsman anywhere, Newsbusters.org notes that Bob Schieffer of CBS Evening News asserted that ?it is no secret that the current administration does not like its people hanging out with news reporters without permission? and he described the firing as ?a first ? a dubious first, to be sure.? Here. Is this guy for real?
As I pointed out yesterday the MSM was running interference within hours by publishing the Condi story and pushing this one WAY back. Now they are in full spin mode.
More to come
Take a look at this picture of Dana Priest sitting beside her anti-war husband Bill Goddfellow at a CIP conference in Oct 2003:
And look who she shared a table with, none other then Joe Wilson:
This event was sponsored by the Center for International Policy and they, meaning her husband, thought it would be a good idea to put her and Wilson together.
Things that make you go hmmm.
For a good roundup of CIP’s history go here:
Haven’t seen it mentioned yet (still catching up on today’s threads and if I’m repeating something bear with me), so for reference’s sake I’ll add that the Center for International Policy was a spinoff of the Fund for Peace (Soviet/CPUSA moneylaundering conduit tied to the Institute for Policy Studies network) that was cofounded in 1975 by Lindsay Mattison and Orlando Letelier, an agent with links to Cuban and East German intelligence. Letelier was CIP’s director when William Goodfellow (a Pol Pot apologist mentioned above in the thread) was deputy director. CIP’s staff/advisors have included Anthony Lake (who temporarily replaced John Deutch as CIA Director and was in turn replaced by Sandy Berger at the Clinton NSC during the coverup of Chinagate and Deutch’s mishandling of classified information (see discussion at Post 35 and following); and D. Gareth Porter (aka Gary Porter, another Pol Pot apologist who worked for a North Vietnamese news bureau before becoming legislative aide to newly-elected Senator John Kerry in the early 80s), among others. These folks were actively involved in helping Kerry’s support of the Sandinistas in the 1980s and are mentioned in various literature on that topic.
The more I dig into Dana Priests husbands background the more disturbing it gets. He appears to be a pro-Castro, pro-Sandinista zealot.
Here is what Frontpage said about CIP:
One of the most sophisticated of Fenton?s anti-war projects is the co-mingling of Win Without War and the Center for International Policy (CIP).
Before 9/11, CIP, a Fenton Communications client, mainly acted as Fidel Castro?s greatest ?think tank? ally. Much of its million-dollar budget was spent lobbying to end economic sanctions and travel restrictions against Cuba.
Now, it has another mission. Fenton has established a ?war room? with CIP called The Iraq Policy Information Program (IPIP). Its main job is getting the anti-Bush foreign policy message out to the media and providing guests for talk shows. A featured speaker of the IPIP is former ambassador Joe Wilson, one of the Bush administration?s most vocal enemies.
Like Moveon.org and Win Without War, the contact for the Iraq Policy Information Program is Fenton Communications. Win Without War also collects tax-deductible donations through CIP.
It appears the REAL cabal might just be Wilson, Priest, Goodman, Goodfellow. Clarke, Clark, Zinni. McCarthy, Berger, the Clintons, & the Kerry’s….
UPDATE XIII 04-23-06 0800hrs PST
Check out Thomas Joscelyn for a great analysis of the Clinton Syria bombing and those involved, including McCarthy:
McCarthy was, at first, apparently opposed to the Clinton administration’s strike on al-Shifa in August 1998. Al-Shifa, you will remember, was one of Clinton’s chosen retaliatory targets following the embassy bombings earlier in the month. Steve Hayes, more than anyone, has brought the intelligence surrounding al-Shifa back into the public’s consciousness. This is very important because the intelligence surrounding al-Shifa said that it was one of several facilities in Sudan where Iraq and al Qaeda were working jointly on chemical weapons projects.
In any event, McCarthy didn’t think much of al-Shifa as a target back in August 1998. According to the 9-11 Commission’s report (p. 117):
Two days before the embassy bombings, Clarke’s staff wrote that Bin Ladin “has invested in and almost certainly has access to VX produced at a plant in Sudan.” Senior State Department officials believed that they had received a similar verdict independently, though they and Clarke’s staff were probably relying on the same report. Mary McCarthy, the NSC senior director responsible for intelligence programs, initially cautioned Berger that the “bottom line” was “we will need much better intelligence on this facility before we seriously consider any options.” She added that the link between Bin Ladin and al Shifa was “rather uncertain at this point.” Berger has told us that he thought about what might happen if the decision went against hitting al Shifa, and nerve gas was used in a New York subway two weeks later. [Emphasis Added.]
But as Daniel Benjamin, another former NSC staffer, wrote in October of 2004, McCarthy had changed her tune by April 2000:
The report of the 9/11 Commission notes that the National Security staff reviewed the intelligence in April 2000 and concluded that the CIA’s assessment of its intelligence on bin Laden and al-Shifa had been valid; the memo to Clinton on this was cosigned by Richard Clarke and Mary McCarthy, the NSC senior director for intelligence programs, who opposed the bombing of al-Shifa in 1998. The report also notes that in their testimony before the commission, Al Gore, Sandy Berger, George Tenet, and Richard Clarke all stood by the decision to bomb al-Shifa.
Now, of course, Clarke and Benjamin argue that: (a) the decision to strike al-Shifa was justified because (b) the intelligence connecting Iraqi chemical weapons experts to al Qaeda’s chemical weapons efforts was sound, but (c) this doesn’t mean that Iraq and al Qaeda had a significant relationship because (d) somehow this collaboration occurred without either party realizing that it was working with the other! Sound bizarre? It is.
This “sound” logic and reasoning has apparently been enough, however, to convince the major media outlets not to discuss al-Shifa. My bet is that McCarthy has probably adopted this line of “thinking” as well. All of the available information points to her being one of Richard Clarke’s cronies. But Clarke has a hard time keeping the facts straight, to say the least.
As Thomas points out, we are about to see a full court press to display this Mole as a “patriot”. The real cabal and the MSM will be behind her 100% but just look at the above information. At one point she argued quite strongly about the connection between Iraq and Al-Qaeda, but obviously this all went to the wayside once Bush gained office TWICE. Nevermind our nations security, the Cabals whole objective was a coup against this President.
To go along with my cabal reasoning check out Sandy Bergers recent fundraiser to help defeat Curt Weldon. Just check out those who hosted it:
See some names you may recognize?
But Curt Weldon is fighting back today:
The senior intelligence analyst who was fired Thursday by the CIA is a supporter of Democratic congressional candidate Joseph Sestak, which U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon?s campaign charged is further evidence that the former Navy admiral cannot be trusted on national security issues.
Mary McCarthy was dismissed for leaking classified information about the CIA?s secret overseas prisons to The Washington Post, several media organizations reported Saturday.
Sestak, who served as director for defense policy on Bill Clinton?s National Security Council, received two donations from McCarthy last month totaling $350. McCarthy also contributed $2,000 to Sen. John Kerry?s 2004 presidential campaign.
Weldon?s campaign reiterated that Sestak accepted contributions from former Clinton National Security Adviser Samuel “Sandy” Berger and former CIA Director John Deutch — both of whom have admitted to mishandling classified information.
“?Where will this end?” asked Weldon campaign spokesman Michael Puppio. “Sestak and the Clinton people are attempting to infect Delaware County with these scandals.”
And even more interesting:
Weldon officials also suspect McCarthy leaked information to the media last year in an attempt to debunk the congressman?s book, “Countdown to Terror,” which is highly critical of the CIA. Weldon plans to call for a FBI investigation “to see what national security information she leaked and who she leaked it to,” Puppio said.
John Kerry on the leak today:
KERRY: … Of course not. Of course, not. A CIA agent has the obligation to uphold the law and clearly leaking is against the law, and nobody should leak. I don’t like leaking. But if you’re leaking to tell the truth, Americans are going to look at that, at least mitigate or think about what are the consequences that you, you know, put on that person. Obviously they’re not going to keep their job, but there are other larger issues here. You know, classification in Washington is a tool that is used to hide the truth from the American people. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was eloquent and forceful in always talking about how we needed to, you know, end this endless declassification that takes place in this city, and it has become a tool to hide the truth from Americans.
Martin notices the idiocy of the MSM as they try to defend this lady:
The leaking of classified information that affects national security operations is a serious matter and a crime that should not go unpunished. However, the Washington Post’s R. Jeffrey Smith and Dafna Lizner (where’s Dana Priest?) would lead you to believe that perhaps Mary McCarthy’s actions were well-intentioned and that she was the victim of a political witch hunt:
The rare firing last week of a CIA officer accused of leaking information to the news media stems both from the sensitivity of the subjects she allegedly discussed and the Bush administration’s forceful efforts to block national security disclosures that have proved embarrassing or caused operational problems, according to current and former intelligence officials.
The use of polygraphs to force out the CIA officer, a historian and Africa specialist named Mary McCarthy who lately has been working for the agency’s internal inspector, comes amid long-standing administration suspicions that employees of the spy agency have not sufficiently toed the policy line set by the White House on matters such as the fight against terrorism and the war in Iraq…
Larry Johnson, a former State Department counterterrorism expert who worked briefly for McCarthy at the CIA in 1988, said yesterday that if McCarthy were really involved in leaks, she may have concluded that the investigation was “a whitewash, and why not tell the press? . . . I am struck by the irony that Mary McCarthy may have been fired for blowing the whistle and ensuring the truth about an abuse was told to the American people.”
Since 9/11, it is amazing how the phrase “blowing the whistle” is increasingly being used within the intelligence community as a substitute for “breaking the law”, and that whispering to the media of operational details concerning the war on terror is rationalized as an act of patriotism.
While AJStrata notices the idiocy of our elected leaders:
But Democrat Representative Jane Harmon wins the dumb pol statement of the week with this one:
The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee complained on Sunday that the fired CIA employee who leaked classified information to the Washington Post about top secret interrogations of al Qaeda suspects was being held to a higher standard than President Bush.
Asked if she saw similarities between Bush?s decision to share declassified intelligence on Iraq with the media – and CIA leaker Mary McCarthy, Rep. Jane Harman told ?Fox News Sunday: ?You bet I do.?
?While leaks are wrong, I think it is totally wrong for our president, in secret, to selectively declassify certain information and to empower people in his White House to leak it to favored reporters so they can discredit political enemies,? she griped.
Hmm. Methinks Jane has been in DC too long – she has lost her memory. President Bush is one of the few who can declassify information, and he did so by giving it to the press so it would be presented to the public for debate. So much for being ?in secret?.
This quote will have you in stitches:
“Mary McCarthy should accept her firing with pride — she served the Republic, and has been fired by individuals who will eventually be censured if not impeached. America owes her a vote of thanks. She certainly has my respect.”
Who is this from? None other then a Marine I’m sorry to say, Mr. Robert David Steele. My Marines are going downhill fast I tell ya.
And in even bigger news check out this report from 2003 where this Cabal I have been writing about urged intelligence officials to break the law:
WASHINGTON ? Invoking the name of a Pentagon whistle-blower, a small group of retired, anti-war CIA officers are accusing the Bush administration of manipulating evidence against Iraq in order to push war while burying evidence that could show Iraq’s compliance with U.N demands for disarmament.
The 25-member group, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, composed mostly of former CIA analysts along with a few operational agents, is urging employees inside the intelligence agency to break the law and leak any information they have that could show the Bush administration is engineering the release of evidence to match its penchant for war. “
UPDATE XVIII 04-23-06 1940hrs PST
More evidence that the MSM is in defense mode:
Key Democratic legislators yesterday joined Republicans in saying they do not condone the alleged leaking of classified information that led to last week’s firing of a veteran CIA officer. But they questioned whether a double standard exists that lets the White House give reporters secretly declassified information for political purposes.
“I don’t know this woman and I do not condone leaks of classified information,” said Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, referring to the firing of Mary McCarthy.
Harman added that “while leaks are wrong, I think it is totally wrong for our president in secret to selectively declassify certain information and empower people in his White House to leak it to favored reporters so that they can discredit political enemies, ” she said on Fox News Sunday.
[…]Kerry, on ABC’s “This Week,” said, “Classification in Washington is a tool that is used to hide the truth from the American people.” He added, “I’m glad she told the truth,” but if she did it will have to face the consequences of breaking the law.
Then drawing a parallel to the Plame case, Kerry said that with McCarthy, “you have somebody being fired from the CIA for allegedly telling the truth, and you have no one fired from the White House for revealing a CIA agent in order to support a lie. That underscores what’s really wrong in Washington, D.C.”
Yeah, that’s the ticket. The WH declassified information to show who the REAL liar was, namely Joe Wilson. If someone comes out in the press and alleges the President lied then he has every right to prove to the Country that he did not lie. He proved it and the left got pissed. Now a career liberal CIA employee goes off the reservation and gives classified information, which she is NOT allowed to do (unlike the President), to the media in a blatant coup attempt and this zero of a man has the gall to compare the two.
Un Freakin Believable.
UPDATE XIX 04-24-06 0845hrs PST
More proof of this Culture Of Corruption with this article that details how Bill Clinton pardoned the only member of the intelligence community ever convicted of handing over secrets to the media:
President Bill Clinton ignored a recommendation from the CIA last month when he pardoned former Navy intelligence analyst Samuel L. Morison, the only government official ever convicted of leaking classified information to the media.
While Clinton’s pardon of former CIA director John Deutch caught CIA officials by surprise, the president solicited advance comment from the agency on the possibility of pardoning Morison, who leaked three secret spy satellite photographs to Jane’s Defence Weekly in 1984. But Clinton ultimately disregarded the agency’s position and approved a pardon application Morison submitted to the Justice Department more than two years ago.
“We said we were obviously opposed — it was a vigorous ‘Hell, no,’ ” said one senior intelligence official. “We think giving classified information to people who are unauthorized to receive it is a bad thing to do, and giving pardons to people who are convicted of doing that sends the wrong signal to people who are currently entrusted with classified information.”
You have to wonder why Clinton did this just as Bush was coming into office. Was it because he wanted it easier for those inside the intelligence community to leak information during the new Presidency?
For Immediate Release November 4, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
Today, I am disapproving H.R. 4392, the “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001,” because of one badly flawed provision that would have made a felony of unauthorized disclosures of classified information. Although well intentioned, that provision is overbroad and may unnecessarily chill legitimate activities that are at the heart of a democracy.
Two important pieces of writing today that I have to highlight. The first is from Andy McCarthy about the disturbing details of this obvious coup attempt by the Cabal:
Even with McCarthy considered alone, we are not talking about a single leak ? the reporting indicates that she may be a serial leaker, the black-sites story being only the most prominent instance. But the broader context here is an intelligence community that was, quite brazenly, leaking in a manner designed to topple a sitting president. A big question here — maybe not for purposes of guilt under the espionage act, but for the more important policy issue of a politicized CIA — is whether she was part of a campaign that was grossly inappropriate for the intelligence community to engage in.
Remember Michael Scheuer, aka ?Anonymous.? It is simply dumbfounding that, as an intelligence officer heading up the bin Laden team (i.e., the unit targeting the number one, active national security problem facing the country) he was permitted by the CIA to write books about what he was doing. He has indicated, though, that it was fine with the agency as long as he was slamming the Bush administration.
Valerie Plame Wilson thought the whole Bush administration notion that Saddam was trying to arm up with nukes was crazy. She maneuvered to have, not an objective analyst, but her husband ? with no WMD expertise but an enemy of the president?s policy ? sent to Niger, whence he returned and wrote a highly partisan, misleading and damaging op-ed in the NYTimes about the Bush administration?s case for toppling Saddam ? which op-ed he was permitted by the self-same CIA to write notwithstanding that his trip was (and should have been) classified.
All the while, there has been a steady drumbeat from the former intelligence officers ? who anonymously fill Seymour Hersh books when they are not venting their spleens on the record ? attacking every aspect of the administration?s handling of the war on terror.
This has all been steady since 9/11. But it was especially frenetic in the run-up to the 2004 election (and the flavor of it ran throughout the 9/11 Commission hearings and, to a somewhat more muted extent, in the Commission?s final report). The transparent purpose of it was to get Senator Kerry elected.
Now we find that an intelligence officer who was leaking information very damaging to Bush was a Kerry backer to a degree that was extraordinary for a single person on a government salary, and, even more extraordinarily, gave $5K of her own money to Democrats in the key swing state (Ohio) that, in the end, did actually decide the election.
Not many people are talking about this aspect, specifically the financial side. How is that this lady on a Government salary thought nothing about giving close to 7 grand to Kerry and the Democrats and no one finds this significant? I gotta tell ya, even a high level Government official just does not make much. This to me either shows a significant allegience to the Democratic party or more likely a significant hostility to President Bush.
The second piece is from Jed Babbin which speaks for itself, Mary McCarthy is a criminal:
McCarthy is not, as one pundit said, a courageous American citizen exercising her First Amendment rights against an outrageous government policy. If there are no restrictions enforced by law, then there are no secrets. McCarthy is a traitor, someone who leaked top secret information and damaged our national security, risked the lives of Americans fighting a war, and disrupted our relations with nations that had been working with us against a new kind of enemy. McCarthy was an employee, not a policy maker. She has never been elected by the American people or appointed by the President to a position that would have entitled her to disclose that information. (And neither have the senators and congressmen who have leaked facts just as sensitive as those McCarthy passed on to Dana Priest.) Comparing McCarthy’s crime to the President’s decision to reveal details of a National Intelligence Estimate is a political argument based on a falsehood. The President is the ultimate classification authority. When he decides to reveal information he is exercising one of the powers of the office to which he was elected.
McCarthy took advantage of the position she had been entrusted and violated her legal obligations. Serving in the CIA’s inspector general’s office, she had a special responsibility. The IG’s office is legally authorized to be privy to compartmented information, the highest level of classification. Other CIA employees only see bits and pieces of such information because the compartmentalization system is designed to prevent all but a few top people to see all the pieces and know what they mean in the larger context. She violated her highest duty because her political beliefs were opposed to the policy that the President had established. Her disclosure was politically motivated. She wanted to thwart the policy of the President, and she achieved her goal by committing a felony. McCarthy should be prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent the law allows. As should her fellow CIA leakers and manipulators of policy.
He does a great job of exposing the weakness in the lefts argument. As he said, the President is the ultimate classification party. He was elected by the people for this job and all the powers granted to him. Mary McCarthy was not. She was HIRED. She was an employee and she gave secret information to the enemy via the press.
She is a traitor, end story.
Another great piece by James Lewis:
Mary McCarthy is the fourth Clinton NSC member to assault the Bush White House. Ms. McCarthy, who was dismissed for leaking national security secrets to the press, is not the first Clintonite to undermine and assault the Bush White House. The biggest raging bulls attacking the White House have been former Clinton National Security characters.
Mary McCarthy was one. So was Joe Wilson ? and his wife Val Plame, who presumably cooked up the phony Niger uranium documents scam, which now has Scooter Libby facing jailtime. Then we had Richard Clarke, who ran interference for the Clintonistas during the 9/11 Commission hearings, so that Clinton?s criminal neglect of Osama Bin Laden was somehow ?overlooked.? The media never cites those Clinton connections. Joe Wilson is always ?Ambassador,? but never ?Clinton appointee.?
Then we have Sandy Burglar himself, of course. And Mary makes four.
These folks are not just loyal old Clintonistas. They are also auditioning for the second eight years of Clinton II.
Which they hope will be 2008. Not only does the left hope this but so does Al-Qaeda and Iran. If they can tough it out till then they believe a Democrat will be in office by then and then all bets are off. They can do and will do whatever they want since the toughest a Democrat can be is to send a few missiles at an empty camp.
Take a gander at this video of John Kerry and Juan Williams trying to excuse the traitor:
My favorite part has to be Juan Williams with this lame defense:
WILLIAMS: ??..And here you have his opponents, some of them in the CIA like McCarthy, making a political leak very much intended to say that the administration’s policy is off base and taking us down the path of secret prisons that violate our principles as Americans.So you come to the whole idea that she was trying to defeat this administration because she felt what their activities were doing was hurting the American — hurting America both at home and abroad in terms of our ideals. Porter Goss says it hurt us, hurt our relationships with…
WALLACE: And she was elected by whom?
WILLIAMS: She wasn’t elected by anybody, but she’s an American citizen. She has a right to speak out.
KRISTOL: She doesn’t have to right. She does not have a right.
WILLIAMS: Oh, she’s not a citizen?
KRISTOL: She does not have a right to speak out. Maybe you’re not aware that when you join the CIA — when I went to work in the U.S. government…
KRISTOL: … I signed forms saying I would not release classified information. If I had released information like this, I would have been fired. I should have been fired. And let me tell you something.
Of course, the traitor is now telling the MSM that she didn’t leak anything. It’s a witchhunt I tell ya. Check out the name of the person defending her:
A former CIA officer who was sacked last week after allegedly confessing to leaking secrets has denied she was the source of a controversial Washington Post story about alleged CIA secret detention operations in Eastern Europe, a friend of the operative told NEWSWEEK.
The fired official, Mary O. McCarthy, ?categorically denies being the source of the leak,? one of McCarthy?s friends and former colleagues, Rand Beers, said Monday after speaking to McCarthy. Beers said he could not elaborate on this denial and McCarthy herself did not respond to a request for comment left by NEWSWEEK on her home answering machine. A national security advisor to Democratic Party candidate John Kerry during the 2004 presidential campaign, Beers worked as the head of intelligence programs on President Bill Clinton?s National Security Council staff and later served as a top deputy on counter-terrorism for President Bush in 2002 and 2003. McCarthy, a career CIA analyst, initially worked as a deputy to Beers on the NSC and later took over Beer?s role as the Clinton NSC?s top intelligence expert.
CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano re-affirmed on Monday that an agency official had been fired after acknowledging ?unauthorized contacts with the media and discussion of classified information? with journalists. Gimigliano and other administration spokespersons said they were prohibited by law from disclosing the identity of the person who was fired. But government officials familiar with the matter confirmed to NEWSWEEK that McCarthy, a 20-year veteran of the CIA?s intelligence?or analytical? branch, was the individual in question.
The officials, who asked for anonymity because they were discussing sensitive information, said that McCarthy had been fired after allegedly confessing during the course of a leak investigation based heavily on polygraph examinations that she had engaged in unauthorized contacts with more than one journalist regarding more than one news story. The only journalist so far identified by government sources as one of the unauthorized persons with whom McCarthy admitted contact is Washington Post reporter Dana Priest, who last week won a Pulitzer Prize for revealing details of a secret airline and prison network that the CIA operates to detain and interrogate high-level Al Qaeda suspects.
Yup, one of the cabal, Rand Beers.
Also take a look how Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff got their information. Another leaker!
Check out this excellent matrix done by Mind In The Qatar:
Look who else is getting into the act:
The FBI is conducting investigations similar to the one that resulted in last week’s firing of a senior
CIA analyst who acknowledged leaking classified information, director Robert Mueller said Monday.
“We do have investigations going,” Mueller said following a visit to the FBI’s Charlotte office, which oversees the agency’s operations in North Carolina. “Leaking of classified materials is a concern for those agencies that have classified materials.”
Mary McCarthy, who was nearing retirement at the CIA, has been identified as being fired after leaking information that resulted in the story last year in The Washington Post disclosing a network of secret CIA prisons in eastern Europe. The Post won a Pulitzer Prize last week for its report.
One law enforcement official said last week that dozens of leak investigations were under way. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is under investigation.
And folks this will be my last update on this thread. I will continue to post about this story quite a bit, check the CIA Leak category for all the new stuff but after 25 updates I think this one is large enough.
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So in the end this Democrat mole inside the CIA (she gave the Kerry campaign $2,000) will be prosecuted, I have no doubt. Do I have proof of this, no. But recall that months ago the Justice Department admitted they were probing this leak so I expect her to be indicted relatively shortly