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posted 05 March 2006 03:00 PM      Profile for Transplant     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
White House Trains Efforts on Media Leaks

Wash Post - The Bush administration, seeking to limit leaks of classified information, has launched initiatives targeting journalists and their possible government sources. The efforts include several FBI probes, a polygraph investigation inside the CIA and a warning from the Justice Department that reporters could be prosecuted under espionage laws.

In recent weeks, dozens of employees at the CIA, the National Security Agency and other intelligence agencies have been interviewed by agents from the FBI's Washington field office, who are investigating possible leaks that led to reports about secret CIA prisons and the NSA's warrantless domestic surveillance program, according to law enforcement and intelligence officials familiar with the two cases.

Numerous employees at the CIA, FBI, Justice Department and other agencies also have received letters from Justice prohibiting them from discussing even unclassified issues related to the NSA program, according to sources familiar with the notices. Some GOP lawmakers are also considering whether to approve tougher penalties for leaking.

In a little-noticed case in California, FBI agents from Los Angeles have already contacted reporters at the Sacramento Bee about stories published in July that were based on sealed court documents related to a terrorism case in Lodi, according to the newspaper.

Some media watchers, lawyers and editors say that, taken together, the incidents represent perhaps the most extensive and overt campaign against leaks in a generation, and that they have worsened the already-tense relationship between mainstream news organizations and the White House.

"There's a tone of gleeful relish in the way they talk about dragging reporters before grand juries, their appetite for withholding information, and the hints that reporters who look too hard into the public's business risk being branded traitors," said New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller, in a statement responding to questions from The Washington Post. "I don't know how far action will follow rhetoric, but some days it sounds like the administration is declaring war at home on the values it professes to be promoting abroad." ...

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posted 05 March 2006 04:37 PM      Profile for faith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hmmm.... are the first casualties going to be Dick Cheney and Scooter?
The suppression of freedom of speech stories hitting the news is so widespread it's getting truly weird and more than a little scary.

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Pyed Typer
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posted 06 March 2006 11:59 AM      Profile for Pyed Typer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Originally posted by faith:
Hmmm.... are the first casualties going to be Dick Cheney and Scooter? . . .


The very FIRST media leak the While House SHOULD concern themselves with, is to use their clout to bring to justice the person responsible for leaking Valerie Plame Wilson’s identity and role to reporters.

[ 06 March 2006: Message edited by: Pyed Typer ]

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