Friday, April 21, 2006

CIA Officer Fired For Leaking

FOX News reports:

WASHINGTON — A CIA officer has been relieved of his duty after being caught leaking classified information to the media.

CIA officials will not reveal the officer's name, assignment, or the information that was leaked. The firing is a highly unusual move, although there has been an ongoing investigation into leaks in the CIA.

One official called this a "damaging leak" that deals with operational information and said the fired officer "knowingly and willfully" leaked the information to the media and "was caught."

I've said it before and I'll say it again: prosecute the leakers. There should be criminal charges against especially the CIA leaker but also against any reporter who is willing to compromise our national security to bolster publicity and further his career.

When will the issue of leaking sensitive classified information to the press be recognized for the serious offense that it is?