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April 21, 2006



It may be that he gave Dana Priest the leak about black prisons. The tipster, DB, says that, but the article doesn't; maybe he heard a televised report update.

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


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. ... In the course of the investigation, the fired officer admitted discussing classified information including information about classified operations.

The investigation is ongoing.

A 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.

Jeff Goldstein has a good post about the anti-war anti-patriots in our nation who lie in order to achieve the "greater good" of injuring Bush politically. He's speaking there of media types and political activists spreading memes they know to have been discredited or fully disproven, but his take on their belief as to what they feel justifies their misbehavior applies to these CIA c-suckers as well:

...this collection of ideologues are relatively few in number, but they nevertheless have a disproportionate influence on the foreign policy pronouncements of those in the Democratic (and Libertarian) Party(ies) who wish to win their support—some of whom, sad to say, aren’t mere panders, but actually believe they are justified in promoting debunked memes if, in the end, it serves the greater good.

And such arrogance—the idea that the “greater good” is theirs to define, and that they are justified in a certain rhetorical latitude in order to guide the masses toward their conclusions—borne of elitism and the assumption that their feelings on matters of national importance are so correct that they must be instituted, is at the root of highly-charged partisan division in this country.

Goldstein calls them tinpot Machiavellianists; I call them Machiavellian Marxists. They're the worst sort of villain -- the villain who thinks his villainy is justified because he's actually the Hero of the story. At least a mobster knows, in his heart of hearts, what he's doing is actually evil.

But there is no internal moral restraint in such people. Anything and everything can be done, no matter how underhanded, dishonest, or borderline treasonous, because they serve a greater good than mere law or ethics.

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