Wednesday, February 08, 2006

It’s a hunt all right, but it’s for a cancer
Is CIA leak probe a ‘Witch Hunt’?

Feb. 7, 2006 — The director of the CIA has launched a major internal probe into media leaks about covert operations. In an agencywide e-mail, Porter Goss blamed "a very small number of people" for leaks about secret CIA operations that, in his words, "do damage to the credibility of the agency."

According to people familiar with the Goss e-mail, sent in late January and classified secret, the CIA director warned that any CIA officer deemed suspect by the agency's Office of Security and its Counter Intelligence Center (which handles internal affairs) could be subjected to an unscheduled lie detector test. CIA personnel are subjected to polygraphs at regular intervals in their careers, but one former intelligence officer called the new warning a "witch hunt." Others said Goss' e-mail was narrowly focused and did not suggest agencywide, random lie detector tests.

Interesting how the MSM views an investigation into criminal activity, i.e., knowingly divulging classified information and operations, as a ‘witch hunt’ when they and their sources are the criminals being targeted. And make no mistake about it, they are criminals. These bottom feeders (in the CIA and media) believed they were safe because the government is usually reticent to have the salient (and classified) facts revealed during a trial in open court.

The leak of this Secret memo outlining the internal probe is an attempt (and another crime) aimed at garnering support and sympathy within the liberal media and members of congress for the criminals. Why would they risk another leak? Because both the CIA’s Office of Security and its Counter Intelligence Center as well as the Department of Justice are aggressively pursuing the leaks and that was not part of the leaker’s game plan.

It would appear that Director Goss is moving to cut out the disease before it metastasizes.

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