Tuesday, February 07, 2006

ABC is all scary talk about the internal investigation that Porter Goss is conducting at the CIA to investigate leaks coming out of the agency. Here's the headline from the web story which I assume was also part of a broadcast story on the evening news.
EXCLUSIVE: Is CIA Leak Probe a 'Witch Hunt'?
Director Launches Internal Investigation Into Who Gave Sensitive Information to the Media
Then you read the rest of the story and all you see is that Porter Goss is serious about finding leakers about the CIA prisons abroad story.
The director of the CIA has launched a major internal probe into media leaks about covert operations. In an agencywide e-mail, Porter Goss blamed "a very small number of people" for leaks about secret CIA operations that, in his words, "do damage to the credibility of the agency."

According to people familiar with the Goss e-mail, sent in late January and classified secret, the CIA director warned that any CIA officer deemed suspect by the agency's Office of Security and its Counter Intelligence Center (which handles internal affairs) could be subjected to an unscheduled lie detector test. CIA personnel are subjected to polygraphs at regular intervals in their careers, but one former intelligence officer called the new warning a "witch hunt." Others said Goss' e-mail was narrowly focused and did not suggest agencywide, random lie detector tests.

"It would make no sense at all to give everyone here a lie detector test," said one person who knew about the e-mail.

Goss told CIA employees there were ways other than talking to the news media to resolve any issues they had with classified CIA operations.

The memo informs its recipients that the CIA has asked the Justice Department to prosecute any leakers within its ranks. This comes in connection with recent news reports that detailed the CIA's operation of secret prisons in Europe and its far-flung flights of suspected terrorists to foreign prisons.

Crime reports from the CIA are sent to the FBI and the Department of Justice, and constitute a statement that the CIA believes a crime has been committed.
So one former CIA agent said it was like a "witch hunt" and this one guy's comment makes its way into the headline. He's not forcing everyone to have a lie detector test. It's been clear throughout Bush's presidency that there are some in the CIA who detest him and have been leaking information that they hope will discredit the war effort. And cheers to GOss for jumping ugly with them. And boo to ABC for trumping up a non story just to feed the disgruntlement of those in the CIA who don't like Bush and Goss. Were they so worried about investigations to find leakers when they thought Karl Rove would be the one snared for the nothingburger leak about Valerie Plame? I doubt it.

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