Skip to comments.Feds: Leaker's plea spares secrets
Posted on 03/24/2014 10:33:53 PM PDT by Rusty0604
Arguing that the move will prevent further damage to national security, prosecutors are urging a federal judge to approve a 13-month sentence for a former State Department contractor who has admitted leaking the contents of a highly-classified report on North Korea to Fox News.
"Government officials at every level speak with news reporters on a daily basis in Washington, DC. As this Court well knows, many of those conversations include the disclosure of classified information a fact often confirmed in the news articles themselves. Yet few, if any, of those officials have paid the price that Mr. Kim has paid for a single conversation with a reporter. To the contrary, some of these officials have even been promoted to higher positions in the administration," the defense team wrote.
The prosecution filing does not articulate any specific harm to national security that flowed from Kim's leak to James Rosen, who was Fox's State Department correspondent at the time of the episode in 2009. Rosen published a story on Fox's website in June 2009 saying that U.S. intelligence, based on sources in North Korea, expected the secretive Asian country to conduct nuclear tests.
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