Skip to comments.Report: Justice Department Probing Durbin, Rockefeller CIA Leak
Posted on 07/23/2005 10:34:08 AM PDT by wagglebee
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into whether Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Jay Rockefeller and Ron Wyden leaked details about a secret "black ops" CIA satellite program last December in a move that may have seriously compromised national security, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Jed Babbin said on Saturday.
"The CIA made a request to the Justice Department to investigate and possibly bring criminal charges against these three [senators]," Babbin told WABC Radio host Monica Crowley. "My information is that investigation is ongoing."
Mr. Rockefeller is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Mr. Durbin is the number two ranking Democrat in the Senate.
Media reports on the satellite leak last December indicated that the Bush administration was concerned about public comments by Durbin, Rockefeller and Wyden and that the CIA had requested a Justice Department probe.
"The formal request for a leaks investigation would target people who described sensitive details about a new generation of spy satellites to The Washington Post, which published a page-one story about the espionage program Saturday [Dec. 11, 2004]," a Justice Department official told the Associated Press at the time.
But the same official told the AP that Justice "has not decided whether to investigate."
Former Deputy Undersecretary Babbin's comments on Saturday were the first indication that such a probe was actually launched and is ongoing.
"The fact of the matter is that [Durbin, Rockefeller and Wyden] divulged something that was above and beyond top secret and frankly, they probably blew the strategy and the hundreds of millions of dollars that were being spent to pursue it," he told Crowley.
"The acknowledgement of [the "black ops" program's] existence is not even proper and the acknowledgement of them and the details of them can very well damage national security," Babbin added.
Asked if he thought the three Senate Democrats should have their security clearances revoked for the duration of the leak probe, the former Defense Department official said, "Absolutely and forthwith. I mean, they should have been revoked at the time of the leak."
"There's really not much doubt about the leak having occurred," Babbin told Crowley. "It's in the press records, it's in the Congressional record. We know what they did."
"The only question," he explained, "is how much damage was done by the leak. And that's part of the criminal investigation right now - to do a damage assessment, to figure out how much this is going to cost us strategically and militarily."
Waiting with bated breath for the AP, NYSLIMES, LASLIMES, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, The Boston Globe etc, etc, headline this jewel 24/7 for three months straight!!
I posted this thread over a week ago, and the lamestream media has yet to even mention it (and that includes Fox News)!
Damn shame and SERIES!! The RATS are playing to kill while the pubs are shooting spitballs at the RATS....how discouraging! They should have disgraced Durbin and Rockefeller on the senate floor sometime ago. But for the life of me I don't understand why our side always let's the rats get away with out paying the price. They depend on us, the voter, to do their dirty job for them!! I'm sick of it! GROW A FREAKIN SPINE, that's why we elected you!! :(
Hell, maybe Bill Frist was trying to "grow a spine" the other day when he turned his back on GWB to side with the pro-abortion crowd.
We should start looking for "what ever they are accusing us of doing" as the criteria for what's up with them.....It's part of a mental disorder....transference....Goes right along with denial=lying.
SO...DO we need to have a mass e-mail campaign to the likely sources: Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly...etc.
Well, Rush has been on vacation, Hannity may have talked about it but I don't know. And I wouldn't trust O'Reilly to take up an issue and run with it if my life depended on it.
It's the usual strategy .. "everybody does it - what's the big deal". They're hoping that the public will be outraged enough over Rove that when it turns out the dems did worse .. the public will yawn.
and Kerry is in there, too...
Looks like we need to get the word out on this one.
All three of them,and Durbin in particular,must be held accountable.
I won't hold my breath for the Lame-o's to run with this.
But it should be fun here!
Thanks for the ping........Sandy Berger showed them how to avoid any problems.....let's see if they can make this go away....
Thanks for the ping.
Boot them from the Senate and put them in prison!
All the while the MSM calls for the head of KARL ROVE and prepares it's followers of doom and gloom for the end of western civilisation!
If this weren't Newsmax I'd be happier about it. NewsMax always misinterprets articles and press releases and publishes them as inflammatory news articles.
Question??: Do you read the NewsMax???
If you look for some of the articles on Plame, you'll see a few people did bring up the comparison. They not only outed the planes as CIA, the people's photographs were shown.
I'll try and find it.
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