CIA disclosure is dangerous
Tue Aug 12 02:17:53 2003

Major U.S. Newspaper Finally Denounces Bush White House for Outing a CIA Agent. "There's a cancer somewhere in the Bush administration." - BUZZFLASH

Sunday, August 10, 2003

CIA disclosure is dangerous


There's a cancer somewhere in the Bush administration. Two officials revealed national security information to embarrass or scare critics of the administration's mishandling of Iraqi intelligence.

Columnist Robert Novak wrote recently that the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson -- the man who blew the whistle on the Niger uranium fraud -- is a Central Intelligence Agency operative, specializing in weapons of mass destruction. Novak attributed his information to two senior administration officials. Time magazine has said officials provided similar information.

It's illegal for government officials to reveal the identities of CIA operatives who have worked overseas within the preceding five years.

In carefully discussing what he called the hypothetical possibility his wife is a CIA employee, Wilson noted that the use of her maiden name would compromise work done before their marriage five years ago.

Properly, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has asked the FBI to look into the disclosures. But Congress must vigorously examine whether there is an organized effort to suppress information about the administration's handling of pre-war intelligence on Iraq.

In a discussion broadcast on C-Span last week, Wilson said he believed Novak's sources wanted CIA analysts to fear that their families could be affected if they tell Congress that Vice President Dick Cheney or his aides had pressured them to slant intelligence.

It's easy to understand the emotional nature of the pressure -- just look at the suicide of a British intelligence agent who was a news media source and was pressured by the Blair government.

Wilson said the suicide and the administration leaks force CIA employees to think, "Do I really want to run the risk of going up and talking to (Sens.) Pat Roberts and Jay Rockefeller?"

Roberts, a Kansas Republican, is chairman of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, and Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, is vice chairman. Their committee is looking into the intelligence on Iraqi weapons.

The White House has said it doesn't condone leaking an agent's identity. But the administration must try to identify, fire and, possibly, prosecute those responsible.

Abuse of national security for political aims is wrong. Until Congress and the public know that there has been an unfettered inquiry into the handling of intelligence, the administration will face growing distrust.
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