I’ll be honest, the government always says it’s going to hunt down people who leak classified material, but for them to actually follow through is almost unheard of. And for the Justice Department under Eric Holder to do this? Satan’s donning a parka even now:
A senior executive with the National Security Agency faces 10 felony charges of leaking classified information to a national newspaper in 2006 and 2007, the Justice Department announced Thursday morning. Thomas A. Drake, 52, allegedly exchanged hundreds of e-mails with an unnamed reporter in a national newspaper that published stories about Bush administration intelligence policies between February 2006 and November 2007.
The article doesn’t specify that these leaks had to do with counterterrorism efforts, but I’ll bet that’s it. Leaks from bureaucrats opposed to Bush administration policies in Iraq and the Long War overall have done tremendous damage, such as revealing the NSA terrorist communications intercept program and Treasury’s secret program to track terrorist finances. Guys like Drake, assuming he’s guilty, deserve to have the book thrown at them; they sanctimoniously put their own egos ahead of their duty to the nation in time of war.
I never thought I’d write this, but, good for Eric Holder.
LINK: More at Hot Air.
UPDATE: I take back my praise for AG Holder. According to Power Line, Drake was not the one who revealed the terrorist surveillance program. Instead, he’s accused of embarrassing NSA management. Glad to see Justice has its priorities straight.
UPDATE II: Background from journalist Eli Lake.