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Report: Justice Department Probing Durbin, Rockefeller CIA Leak
Newsmax.com ^ | July 23, 2005 | Carl Limbacher

Posted on 12/22/2005 10:33:26 AM PST by shield

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."

Rockefeller is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Durbin is the No. 2-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," Babbin 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 I mean, they should have been revoked at the time of the leak."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."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: 109th; benedictarnolds; berger; blackops; cialeak; doj; dojprobe; durbin; jayrockefeller; leak; mayjusticebedone; patriotleak; probe; rattreason; rockefeller; rockefellermemo; ronwyden; sabateurs; spying; treason; turbandurbin
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Rockefeller is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Durbin is the No. 2-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.


1 posted on 12/22/2005 10:33:28 AM PST by shield
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To: Howlin

Looks like an on-going investigation into Rockefeller along with Durbin is taking place on leaking classified information.


2 posted on 12/22/2005 10:34:57 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: shield

What kind of a probe do you think they're using?


3 posted on 12/22/2005 10:35:32 AM PST by RexBeach ("The rest of the world is three drinks behind." -Humphrey Bogart)
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To: shield

If true, they should be sent to GITMO in shackles.


4 posted on 12/22/2005 10:35:34 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: shield

This would be a wonderful Christmas present.


5 posted on 12/22/2005 10:36:19 AM PST by Michael.SF. ('Only thing worse than a Frenchman is a Frenchman who lives in Canada' - Ted Nugent.)
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To: shield

I hope they go down....and go down hard. I hope they think it was worth it politically after they are sitting in a federal pound-me-in-the-arse prison.


6 posted on 12/22/2005 10:36:35 AM PST by smith288 (Peace at all cost makes for tyranny free of charge...)
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To: shield

Excellent!


7 posted on 12/22/2005 10:36:36 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: shield

Sweet.


8 posted on 12/22/2005 10:36:38 AM PST by b4its2late (Liberals are good examples of why some animals eat their young.)
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To: shield; Owl_Eagle; Sam's Army; Lazamataz; Darksheare; pissant; Dashing Dasher; najida; ...

It's about time, PING!!!


9 posted on 12/22/2005 10:36:41 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: shield

Great. Now if only something comes of it.


10 posted on 12/22/2005 10:36:48 AM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: Mo1

Surprised?


11 posted on 12/22/2005 10:37:19 AM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: shield

This could be sweet and it's about time.


12 posted on 12/22/2005 10:37:41 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: DogBarkTree

Let's see some frogmarching. They are going to get us killed!!


13 posted on 12/22/2005 10:38:08 AM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: shield

A Culture of Corruption


14 posted on 12/22/2005 10:38:19 AM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: conservative in nyc

No - it's a July, 2005 article

I knew they were under investigation

But I don't know whatever happen to the investigation


15 posted on 12/22/2005 10:38:38 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

West Virgina, Illinois and Oregon (isn't that Wyden's state) ought to start a recall NOW for these 3 traitors...Their pensions should also be lost and any hope for any government job EVER again lost!


16 posted on 12/22/2005 10:38:41 AM PST by princess leah
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To: smith288
"I hope they go down....and go down hard. I hope they think it was worth it politically after they are sitting in a federal pound-me-in-the-arse prison."

AMEN, treasonous bastards.

17 posted on 12/22/2005 10:38:42 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: shield
Rats sincerely believe that laws are only for Republicans, and that rules do not apply to democrats.

These traitors are de facto al Queda allies and must be annihilated.


18 posted on 12/22/2005 10:38:53 AM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: shield
This better be going on. This is serious stuff. I want them doing the perp walk if guilty.

I am sure Chris Matthews will be all over this.

19 posted on 12/22/2005 10:39:15 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: shield

The John McCain include Senators in his "Do Not Torture" legislation?


20 posted on 12/22/2005 10:39:33 AM PST by msnimje (Political Correctness -- An OFFENSIVE attempt not to offend.)
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To: princess leah

Kick them out and put them in jail.


21 posted on 12/22/2005 10:39:43 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: shield

Going nowhere, Washington is all about CYA.


22 posted on 12/22/2005 10:40:14 AM PST by JayAr36
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To: shield

CIA meaning that this came from Goss' office? I can't see any other way given the amount of leaks that come out of there. Justice should be investigating the CIA as well.


23 posted on 12/22/2005 10:40:16 AM PST by misterrob
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To: conservative in nyc

I posted this on the Rush Thread


Hey Rush

Nice Catch on the NYT article regarding the FISA Judge who just retired and Rockefeller being the possible leaker's

143 posted on 12/22/2005 1:17:16 PM EST by Mo1


24 posted on 12/22/2005 10:40:17 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: shield

Wall. Cigarette. Blindfold.


25 posted on 12/22/2005 10:40:22 AM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: smith288
after they are sitting in a federal pound-me-in-the-arse prison.

If convicted, they would go to a Club Fed. But that's a nice image.

26 posted on 12/22/2005 10:40:31 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: shield

I don't want to be a wet blanket, but remember Sandy Burglar?


27 posted on 12/22/2005 10:40:48 AM PST by anoldafvet
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To: misterrob
CIA meaning that this came from Goss' office?

Looks that way

28 posted on 12/22/2005 10:40:56 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Arrest them, and send them to Gitmo.
Cubicle them with Omar the Mad Terrorist, the one who bites and throws poo.


29 posted on 12/22/2005 10:41:28 AM PST by Darksheare (Tagline commercials, the latest in aggressive advertising! Call 1-999-tag-advt for info for your ad!)
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To: DogBarkTree
The more punishment for these traitors, the better.
30 posted on 12/22/2005 10:42:28 AM PST by Big Horn (We need more Tom DeLay's)
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To: Mo1

These investigations aren't completed overnight this kinda a stuff takes time lots of time. This is on-going today. Gonzales said they didn't know if they'd investigation the latest leak. Trust me it's taking place.


31 posted on 12/22/2005 10:42:33 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: Darksheare

Tell them to bend over.


32 posted on 12/22/2005 10:43:00 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: shield

.....and therein is the leak....they should be thrown in prison...


33 posted on 12/22/2005 10:43:01 AM PST by auto power
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To: shield

Does "Rocky" now get a "Leaky" title like Leaky Ley has?


34 posted on 12/22/2005 10:43:07 AM PST by RetiredArmy (I have no faith in any politician or political party any more. They all lie for their agendas.)
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To: shield

Yes I know .. I'm just itching for some information about this

I am sick of these leaks that put our lives in danger

I want to see these traitors in jail


35 posted on 12/22/2005 10:44:36 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: KC_Conspirator
"I am sure Chris Matthews will be all over this."

We'll see how the shoe fits when it's on the other foot.

I'm sure Chrisy Matthews will say it's the Republicans using the Justice Department to go after their political adversaries.
36 posted on 12/22/2005 10:44:45 AM PST by JeffersonRepublic.com (There is no truth in the news, and no news in the truth.)
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To: FormerACLUmember
"Rats sincerely believe that laws are only for Republicans, and that rules do not apply to democrats."

And more often that not they're right. I would be willing to bet this investigation will go nowhere and will not even make it into the press. I'd probably take it one step further and say that there will be no investigation as the Justice Dept will refuse to start one.

So while I share the sentiments of you all I just don't share the euphoria as I have no confidence that a Demo/socialist will ever be made to pay for their unAmerican, traitorous, subversive activities...see Kennedy, Kerry, Durbin, Rockefeller, Dodd, Leahy, Toricelli. etc., etc. for proof.

37 posted on 12/22/2005 10:45:19 AM PST by marlon
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To: shield

Um, does it mean anything that the date on that article is from last summer sometime?


38 posted on 12/22/2005 10:45:38 AM PST by jacquej
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To: DogBarkTree

They should be hung by the neck until they're dead!


39 posted on 12/22/2005 10:45:53 AM PST by DarthVader (Do something positive for America today: Insult an America hating leftie.)
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To: shield

IMHO, they could be getting close to laying charges. What better way for Rockefeller to muddy the water by getting the NYT to do this NSA hit piece. If the JD charges him, he'll start yelling that he's being targeted because of his problems with that program.


40 posted on 12/22/2005 10:46:54 AM PST by PogySailor (Semper Fi to the 3/1 H&S Company in Haditha.)
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To: smith288

I am extremely pessimistic about them doing anything to upset the apple cart. Hell, Kerry's very existance in the House and then the Senate in direct opposition to the Constitutional prohibition against it shows that they don't give a crap.


41 posted on 12/22/2005 10:47:09 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: shield

So, they leaked this story a year ago, it is right out there in black and white, but the Justice Department hasn't decided whether or not to pursue the matter?

What the hell is wrong with these guys? Two years and millions of dollars spent on a bogus leak dreamed up by the media, but a major and deliberate leak of a black op isn't worth looking into?

A.G. Gonzalez, please check your pager.


42 posted on 12/22/2005 10:47:30 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Mo1

I think the DOJ will need to hire a bunch of new folks just to investigate all the lefties and their criminal acts against this country.


43 posted on 12/22/2005 10:47:47 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Mo1

Why haven't we even heard of this investigation? It's being investigated and will be kept secret due to National Security. There's lots that take place hidden from us 'cause of National Security.


44 posted on 12/22/2005 10:48:11 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: JeffersonRepublic.com

I'd just like to hear Chris Matthews even talk about it.....has he? Has anyone?


45 posted on 12/22/2005 10:48:20 AM PST by caffe
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To: anoldafvet

I think this is way beyond whatever Sandy Burglar put in his pants... not that I excuse him, but these jerkoffs are putting every one of us in danger in their quest to retake the senate majority and bring down the President.


46 posted on 12/22/2005 10:48:22 AM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Ping.


47 posted on 12/22/2005 10:48:53 AM PST by Alberta's Child (What it all boils down to is that no one's really got it figured out just yet.)
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To: RexBeach
What kind of a probe do you think they're using?

Why, the alien rectal probe of course.

48 posted on 12/22/2005 10:50:16 AM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: jacquej

Doesn't mean one thing about the July date. Geeezzz thats only 4-5 months ago. You better have ALL DUCKS in a row before getting several senators for a major felony...treason. Wonder when these senators will resign due to their family?


49 posted on 12/22/2005 10:51:28 AM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: RexBeach
What kind of a probe do you think they're using?

No probes. They did, however, find one of Janet Reno's thongs left behind during an especially wild "Winter Holiday" office party in 1995. Now, they're just waiting for Dubya to authorize its use during interrogations.

50 posted on 12/22/2005 10:51:59 AM PST by Mordacious
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