It’s About Time We Started Getting Serious About Investigating These Leaks
The left side of the blogosphere is all up in arms about this story:
“A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources.
“It’s time for you to get some new cell phones, quick,” the source told us in an in-person conversation.
ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.
Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation.”
Is this story true? Is not true? No idea. If it is true, here’s my reaction…
Conservatives have been calling for the CIA to get serious about investigating leaks of classified data for years and what better way is there to do that than to check out whom the reporters receiving leaked information are calling?
The whole idea that it’s OK for a reporter to be able to obtain classified info from a secret source that damages our national security, but it’s not OK for the government to actually investigate the reporter and try to find out where he got the info from, is ridiculous.
Although I DO NOT favor locking up reporters for reporting classified info, I don’t have any problem at all with the government trying to find out who’s leaking that classified info to the press. These leakers in the intelligence community have gravely compromised our national security for their own selfish reasons and they need to be ferreted out, fired, and then punished to the fullest extent of the law. If this isn’t a bogus story, it sounds like the government is finally on the right track.