Leon Panetta is getting serious about leaks. That is, leaking on the op that took out bin Laden…parts of it…regarding some people. From the Panetta memo sent to those in the agency:
Disclosure of classified information to anyone not cleared for it—reporters, friends, colleagues in the private sector or other agencies, former Agency officers—does tremendous damage to our work. At worst, leaks endanger lives.
Left unaddressed were the series of Bob Woodward books, to include the most recent regarding the current administration.
…it might now present an awkward dilemma for Obama administration officials as they pursue an increasingly aggressive — and, arguably, unprecedented — crackdown on national security leaks.
The issue: How can they credibly prosecute mid-level bureaucrats and junior military officers for leaking classified information to the press when so many high-level officials have dished far more sensitive secrets to Woodward?
Wow, is this a double standard? I’m shocked, shocked!
And remember, you still can’t spell Assange without a-s-s.