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 I mean, they should have been revoked at the time of the leak."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."
seriously...nine more stories on Plamgate and Karl Rove but this...nah,forget it....
I will be faxing a copy of this to chuck schiester's office and demanding he speak up about it...I encourage everyone else to do the same for their senators, especially those who states are represented by rat senators!
I just called my parents to say hello. My mom says Dad just called me in to watch something really important on CSpan about the CIA. They held hearings yesterday and Dad says it's so important I see this.
I didn't bother to say anything to them. They are both in their 70's and rabid moonbats. I feel bad that neither of them really knows what is going on. They feel whatever comes out of a Dems mouth is the truth.
I can hear the screams of RETRIBUTION now..........
Go, Porter, go!
lol ~ my first thought exactly!
Yep, Goss ain't lettin' the grass grow under his feet.
LOL I knew this would make you happy!
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. Granted, the MSM does the same, but I think we conservatives should have something more reliable.
That said, if these jerks really are under investigation, it's their own fault and I sure hope their stupidity and hatred comes back to bite them.
Was that the thing where the dems had a whine session of their own?
*Every action has a reaction.
*What goes around comes around.
*As ye sow, so shall ye reap
*Curiosity killed the 'Rat
*Don't cut off yer nose to spite yer face
*Every Pub has his day
You got that right! I'd tape it and replay it for family gatherings and holidays.
I wonder. :-)
You may very well be on to something!
I wish somebody would post this at DU so I could see their reaction.
yes, yesterday's mock hearing that was cut short
Guess they've already scheduled another subject for the news shows on Sunday...
Now wait just a darned minute!
The REAL story here is how did Karl Rove get these fine, patriotic democRAT senators to make this information public without them realizing the harm they were doing to national security?
My God, the slime that continues to ooze from these democRAT congresscritters never slows down for a minute, does it?
As Jackie Gleason would say; How sweet it is.
here is a Freep opportunity and no one has to leave their computer screens while at the same time we can do it on Moveon.org's dime....
Yesterday I started this thread:
Basically, Moveon started a page, located here:
in which you have direct links to local newspapers...the strategy was to send LTE encouraging newspapers to keep the pressure on the Rove story.....the object of my thread was to use Moveon's dime and send LTE telling them what a joke this Plamegate coverage has been....
Let's take it one step further...use the Moveon page and send LTE's DEMANDING coverage of this story!!
You do not have to sign up and as far as we can see the LTE's go directly to the newspaper!! We sent hundred's yesterday!
TAKE THREE MINUTES AND DO IT!!