Skip to comments.Ex-NSA worker charged in classified leak case (likely Berger protege)
Posted on 04/15/2010 9:32:07 AM PDT by SueRaeEdited on 04/15/2010 10:17:54 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
WASHINGTON (AP) - A former senior executive at the National Security Agency was charged Thursday with lying and obstruction of justice in an investigation of leaks of classified information to a newspaper. Federal prosecutors said Thomas Drake, 52, served as a source for many articles about the NSA in an unidentified newspaper, including articles that contained classified information.
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lock ‘em up
I don’t have much good to say about our Justice Dept but if they nail these guys, kudos to them.
Say, fella, have you been down to the National Archives with Sandy Berger or are you just happy to see me?
“lock em up”
OTOH, would that some patriotic employee in Hawaii Department of Health would see fit to risk jail by leaking Obama’s long form BC. This wouldn’t pose a threat to national security unless, of course, there’s an imposter in the WH. In that case, martial law might ensue, followed by who knows what?
I’d like to know just what was leaked before condemning this person.
Perhaps it was the TRUTH about so called global warming data.
two words......... SANDY BERGER.....
try them for treason.
two other words...... VINCE FOSTER....
He became a hero to the lefties for doing the same thing.
Traitor ... how many more in our intel agencies were so consumed with BDS to the point of treasonous acts?
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“The indictment alleges that Drake exchanged hundreds of e-mails with an unidentified reporter for a national newspaper and served as a source for its articles about Bush administration intelligence policies between February 2006 and November 2007, U.S. officials said.”
“””Two Other words: DANIEL ELLSBERG
He became a hero to the lefties for doing the same thing. “””
Two more; Dana Priest. She got a Pew-litzer for using stolen documents to write stuff.
Name the newspaper. Now.
It’d be great if we did substantiate an connection between Berger and Drake. I think Berger is pretty much layered in protection, though.
And I will never understand why the Bush admin didn’t prosecute him. Must’ve been some really damning stuff he stole.
I’d guess the NY Times.
ObaMAO will pardon him and then give him some sort of award.
And I will never understand why the Bush admin didnt prosecute him.
Made me mad that the jerk got away with it. Just another example of Bush being too nice? Or was the fear that a trial would reveal too much classified info? I am sure that whatever Berger stole was damning to Clinton and himself.
The most puzzling angle in the story,though, for me was the fact that there were no copies of the documents. How can that be?
Thanks for the ping.
If they want classified info, they just need to hang around bars where intelligence folks gather on the weekend. People get pretty loose when they’re drinking.
anyone on FR have a handle on what the NY Slimes published during and after that time frame which undermined our national security??
that would be a good place to start in figuring out what kind of stuff the scumbag was leaking
I am pissed. Hope he rots in jail for along time.
Hmm...it really matters what he leaked. Stuff like spying on allies, or - surprise! - a supposed hostile Arab government feeding us under-the-table intelligence, those are the kinds of classified information definitely protected to the 9th degree.
Just so ya’ll know, folks have to remember that there is lots of information, old information and really bizarro stuff, like UFO records, that are maintained at NSA. Not all of it should still be classified. For example, Bill Clinton had his medical records classified Top Secret.
Wow, is that 9th degree stuff higher than TS SCI?
“Wow, is that 9th degree stuff higher than TS SCI?”
“9th degree” is a figure of speech, like “cat got your tongue?” is a figure of speech rather than literal.
Kinda like, “I’m pulling your leg?”
Pretty sure the idiom is “the third degree”
As in the “gave someone the third degree.”
(Which is, itself, a reference to the question-an-answer portion of the 3rd and final degree of masonry.)
An alternative would be to the “nth degree, which is the degree of a polynomial that is the highest exponent for a term with non-zero coefficient in a polynomial expressed in canonical form (ie - as a sum or difference of terms).
It was a figure of speech saying that the classified information was important and if leaked could seriously damage our relationship with another nation (spying on allies), or compromise the source of the information.
Unfortunately, I learned idioms from my grandmother.
That nice woman, a superb cook, used to pronounce parmesan cheese “parmesian cheese”. And she always used the expression, “9th degree”.
Another of my favorites: “Preaching to the choir.”
“The first of the articles for which Drake is accused of providing classified information ran two months after The New York Times disclosed the existence of the NSA’s warrantless domestic surveillance program.”
Wall Street Journal
It's one of "the usual suspects".One that endorsed Hussein as soon as Hillary was knocked out.I think it's safe to say that it wasn't the New York Post.
Lock him up for fifty years.
Here's what The Atlantic is reporting:
In 2006 and 2007, Siobhan Gorman, a highly regarded intelligence reporter for the Baltimore Sun, wrote a series of articles about how the National Security Agency was (mis)managing a highly sensitive, very expensive collection program known as Trailblazer. Relying on interviews with current and former senior intelligence officials as well as internal documents, Gorman was able to show that the NSA's "state-of-the art tool for sifting through an ocean of modern-day digital communications" was a boondoggle of sorts -- and that the agency had removed several of the privacy safeguards that were put in place to protect domestic conversations and e-mails from being stored and monitored. A program known as "Thin Thread," which had proved its worth to the NSA before 9/11 and which contained several civil liberties safeguards, was abandoned in favor of Trailblazer because the latter program, according to Gorman's sources, "had more political support" and was a favorite of then NSA-director Michael Hayden's.
A former National Security Agency executive was outed as the main source for Gorman's articles today. Thomas Drake, a long-time agency contractor and employee, allegedly provided Gorman with excerpts from highly classified documents, including a classified inspector general report that Gorman referenced in one of her articles that described the Trailblazer's programs problems and inefficiencies. Notably, the indictment does NOT charge Drake with leaking information -- just with the "willful retention of classified information, obstruction of justice and making false statements."
Newspaper = NYT, WPo.
5. Defendant DRAKE worked at Fort Meade until on or about September 5, 2006,
when he received a teaching assignment at the National Defense University ("NDU") in
Washington, D.C. While teaching at NDU, defendant DRAKE remained an employee of NSA,
but he performed his day-to-day work at NDU, not at NSA's Fort Meade facility. However, as a
NSA employee, defendant DRAKE still had access to NSA buildings and classified computer
systems, documents, and information located at Fort Meade. Defendant DRAKE worked at
NDU until on or about November 28, 2007 when NSA suspended his security clearance.
Defendant DRAKE resigned from NSA on or about April 23, 2008 in lieu of termination.
Source: Drake's Indictment
Thanks for the ping.
I certainly hope that anybody participating in this thread has a full scope poly.