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Monday, April 24, 2006

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary...

Well, well, well, a snitch has been caught. It seems Mary O. McCarthy, a key senior analyst at the CIA, leaked information that compromised several anti-terrorism operations around the world. Countries who were helping us in the war on terror had their cover blown. Who knows what sort of set backs will be suffered in the long run. From Boston.com:
WASHINGTON -- The CIA's decision to fire a top intelligence analyst accused of leaking classified information became a political issue almost immediately after it became public last week.

The officer was a senior analyst nearing retirement, Mary O. McCarthy, who the agency said leaked information to news organizations about a secret network of CIA prisons.

McCarthy was once responsible for guarding some of the nation's most sensitive secrets as a senior aide for the National Security Council, The New York Times reported in today's editions, citing several current and former government officials.

In that role, McCarthy often focused on ways to prevent White House leaks of classified information and covert operations, and she aired any concerns she had about intelligence operations through internal channels, the Times said. McCarthy lost her security clearance as part of her dismissal, which was disclosed Friday, but she has not been charged with any crime.
No charges yet, but Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said: ''Those guilty of improperly disclosing classified information should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law..." Amen. If there's another terrorist attack on the homeland, Mary O. McCarthy will have blood on her hands. She may already, given the sensitive nature of the operations on which she blew the cover. Hey, can we question Mary's patriotism yet?

ht: Neal Boortz

2 comments:

Willwng 4/24/2006 05:51:00 PM  

And look at this, willya?

http://www.fundrace.org/neighbors.php?search=1&type=name&lname=Mccarthy&fname=Mary

She gave $2000 to the Kerry campaign, and reportedly more.

By the way, the referenced site allows you to find out what your neighbors are giving. Cool, huh?

Shawmut 4/26/2006 12:16:00 PM  

CIA has become is now the most politicized agencies in the government. It's politicization goes all the way from hiring at management levels to the issueing of contracts.
If we think about it, the Department of Agriculture was a haven for political whores in the fifties and little shame touched the oil lobbies of the sixties through the nineties. The information age has broadened the interpretation of venality to the absurdity of the guy who wanted to parse "is".
The disclosures about the prisons provoked an outcry among European allies and set off protests among Democrats in Congress - the reaction McCarthy and her allies were seeking to trigger. The damage it has done to America's joint covert operations with wartime Allies, incalculable, and it has played a significant role in aiding the propaganda efforts of al Qaeda and related groups hoping to destroy U.S. interests at home and abroad.
That the woman gave $2000 to a political campaign should have sent off alarms, less for that she did so, but that she had so would do so.
Someone had to have elected NOT to act.
Though few would use the term "plumber" without hesitancy some CIA home care is needed.
With Valerie Plame, her husband Ambassador Wilson double-dipping, the former DCI's Deutsch pc'ing the agency and Tenet's "slam dunk" directing of policy, Langley need some ethics awareness.
These are vile people. And Congress loves them; they rank with the Leahy's and the Delhums, "Honorable Man" Brutus, the Iscariot and the Benedict Arnolds.

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