Apr 21 2006
To avoid adding to an already cluttered post I will simply note the NY Times is reporting that Mary McCarthy, the CIA officer fired for leaking information on CIA secret prisons to the Washington Post, may have leaked more than once and on more than one subject:
Intelligence officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the dismissal resulted from “a pattern of conduct” and not from a single leak, but that the case involved in part information about secret C.I.A. detention centers that was given to The Washington Post.
This could mean she was implicated in other stories hitting the media. It seems at times a group of roque agents have been planting stories in the media to attempt to get Democrats elected. If Mary McCarthy is deep into this supposed group, she could be turned so dominos start falling one after the other.
The media seems tone death to the key aspects of the issue. Note the comment from the Washington Post:
Leonard Downie Jr., The Post’s executive editor, said on its Web site that he could not comment on the firing because he did not know the details. “As a general principle,” he said, “obviously I am opposed to criminalizing the dissemination of government information to the press.”
Downing seems incapable of discerning ‘government information’ from critical, classified, national security information that exposes Americans to terrorist attacks. The Post CIA prison story may not rise to that level – but the NY Times story on the NSA certainly does. And on the NSA the only parts of the story the NY Times got right were the parts useful to our terrorist enemies (see this topic for all my posts on that matter). And the NY Times seems to be praying there is a way out of this mess, giving me the impression they are trying to impeach the event we see unfolding:
The results of such exams are regarded as important indicators of deception among some intelligence officials. But they are not admissible as evidence in court â€” and the C.I.A.’s reliance on the polygraph in Ms. McCarthy’s case could make it more difficult for the government to prosecute her.
Er… well. Unless of course the person admits to the underlying crime detected by the polygraph. Then there is no problem whatsoever. And if there are collaborating phone records, well give it up. You can see the desperation in the attempts to minimalize what has happened here. This is not a normal action against a CIA officer.
And the fact she is a Kerry supporter is not going to help build the impression she is some innocent person be abused by a mean ‘ol Bush administration:
Public records show that Ms. McCarthy contributed $2,000 in 2004 to the presidential campaign of John Kerry, the Democratic nominee.
Her actions put people at risk. The duplicity of the media compared to their outcries on the Plame Game is obvious, crude and crass. There is no excuse for this, and to pretend otherwise is to truly be whistling past the grave. For this is serious, as some people appreciate;
But another official, whose experience was at headquarters, said most employees would approve Mr. Goss’s action. “I think for the vast majority of people this will be good for morale,” the official said. “People didn’t like some of their colleagues deciding for themselves what secrets should be in The Washington Post or The New York Times.”
Paul R. Pillar, who was the agency’s senior analyst for the Middle East until he retired late last year, said: “Classified information is classified information. It’s not to be leaked. It’s not to be divulged.”
If Ron Pillar is coming out against the leak, the media is not going to fair well in this debacle. The Washington Times is reporting that a criminal investigation is underway, but not on McCarthy:
However, a law-enforcement official confirmed there was a criminal leaks investigation under way, but it did not involve the fired CIA officer.
Well, is this investigation into people McCarthy relayed to authorities, or is it the NSA leak? There are supposedly dozens of investigations into leaks ongoing right now. My guess is there are a lot of nervous people in the DC metro area tonight.
Addendum: McCarthy apparently has links to Berger and Rand Beers – the Kerry campaign person who acknowledged knowing Joe Wilson was on the Kerry campaign AND his wife’s CIA position and role in the Niger trip.
National Security Advisor Samuel R. Berger announced today the appointment of Mary O’Neil McCarthy as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Intelligence Programs. Mrs. McCarthy succeeds Rand Beers.
H/T Rick Ballard posting at JOM