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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Leaking

With all the hoopla in the right Cheddarsphere over the firing of possible CIA leaker Mary McCarthy (see here or here, for two examples), and the general attitude of that side to Russ Feingold (too many links to even try), I'm surprised they all missed this:
[T]hree years ago on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, [Senate Intelligence Committee member] Feingold himself was involved in disclosing sensitive intelligence information that, according to four former senior intelligence officers, impaired efforts to capture Saddam Hussein and potentially threatened the lives of Iraqis who were spying for the United States.

On March 20, 2003, at the onset of military hostilities between U.S. and Iraqi forces, Feingold said in a speech to the National Newspaper Association that he had "been in touch with our intelligence community" and that the CIA had informed President Bush and the National Security Council "of intelligence information from what we call human intelligence that indicated the location of Saddam Hussein and his leadership in a bunker in the suburbs of Baghdad."

The former intelligence officials said in interviews that Feingold was never held accountable for his comments, which bore directly on the issue of intelligence-gathering sources and methods, and revealed that Iraqis close to Hussein were probably talking to the United States.
I mean, c'mon, it's a giant sitting duck of a target that they could just--

Oh. Wait. That story's not about Senate Intelligence Committee member Russ Feingold; it's about Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas). Gotta stop those leakers, eh?

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