AMB. WILSON AND THE INTEL IDENITITES PROTECTION ACT


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AMB. WILSON AND THE INTEL IDENTITIES PROTECTION ACT
Sun Oct 5 15:11:32 2003
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Secrecy News 08/06/03
http://www.fas.org/sgp/news/secrecy/2003/08/080603.html

AMB. WILSON AND THE INTEL IDENTITIES PROTECTION ACT

Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson said this week that the Bush Administration was seeking to
discourage those who, like him, were critical of the U.S. war against Iraq. In particular, he said
that those Administration officials who reportedly named his wife as a CIA officer had done so
in order to suppress dissenting views.

"The reason for it was not to smear me or to even smear my wife," Wilson said. "The reason
was to intimidate others from coming forward."

See "U.S. Accused of Intimidation in Iraq Uranium Flap" by Toby Zakaria, Reuters, August 4:

http://reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=3218314

But regardless of the motivation, leaking the name of an intelligence officer whose employment
status is classified would be a violation of the law, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act
of 1982, which prohibits unauthorized disclosure of the names of clandestine intelligence
personnel.

The Administration's response to the leak will thus be a test of its commitment to the law
and to the security of classified information.

Secrecy News (7/28/03) garbled the description of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act.

The Act makes it a crime for an official who has authorized access to the names of intelligence
officers or agents to disclose that information to an unauthorized person even on a one-time
basis, as may have occurred in the case of Amb. Wilson's wife. It is also a crime for regular,
uncleared individuals to disclose agent identities, but only when they do so as part of a
"pattern of activities." See the text of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act here:

http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/laws/iipa.html

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