Friday, October 20, 2006

Well whaddya know..Dem aide caught leaking from House Intel committee

Gotta fix them leaks!!!

House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra has suspended a Democratic staff member under suspicion of leaking a high-level intelligence assessment to The New York Times last month.

Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill), a committee member, confirmed that the as yet unidentified staffer requested the document from National Intelligence Director John Negroponte three days before the Times broke the story on September 23 story about its conclusions.

"I have no credible information to say any classified information was leaked from the committee's minority staff, but the implications of such would be dramatic," LaHood wrote Hoekstra, R-Mich., late last month. "This may, in fact, be only coincidence, and simply 'look bad.' But coincidence, in this town, is rare."


A spokesman for Hoekstra confirmed that a committee staff member was suspended this week. and is being denied access to classified information pending the outcome of an investigation.

"Chairman Hoekstra considers security highly important, and the coincidence certainly merits a review," he said.

According to the AP story, neither ranking minority representative Jane Harman (D-CA) nor the NY Times were willing to comment.

I'm sure they have their reasons.

I'd like to see my friend there use that pipewrench to fix the leaky holes permanently, if you get my drift...

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