Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A couple of questions about Mary McCarthy

Nation: Why does the Washington Post insist on surrounding this story with Scotter Libby considering they have nothing to do with one another? Libby's name doesn't even appear in the article. 2) You check Google news and what should be a big story seems to be getting less overall press. 3) Now they are saying she had nothing to do with the prison leak, which she can say thanks to NBC news for reporting that.

In a statement last Friday, the agency said it had fired one of its officers for having unauthorized conversations with journalists in which the person "knowingly and willfully shared classified intelligence." Intelligence officials subsequently acknowledged that the official was McCarthy and said that Priest is among the journalists with whom she acknowledged sharing information. Priest won the Pulitzer Prize this month for a series of articles she wrote last year about the intelligence community, including the revelation of the existence of CIA-run prisons in East European countries. The Post withheld the names of the countries at the Bush administration's request, and it attributed the information to current and former intelligence officials from three continents. The articles sparked a wide-ranging CIA investigation that included polygraphing scores of officials who worked in offices privy to information about the secret prisons, including McCarthy and her boss, CIA Inspector General John L. Helgerson. Nowhere in the CIA statement last week was McCarthy accused of leaking information on the prisons, although some news accounts suggested that the CIA had made that claim. Though McCarthy acknowledged having contact with reporters, a senior intelligence official confirmed yesterday that she is not believed to have played a central role in The Post's reporting on the secret prisons. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing personnel matters.
Goss has more work to do in shutting down leaks. 4) There is not going to be any follow up to EU's Gijs de Vries saying he has no evidence these jails existed in the first place? That sounds like big news.

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