CIA officer fired over “secret CIA prisons in Europe” leak

Excellent. Via NBC:

WASHINGTON – In a rare occurrence, the CIA fired an officer who acknowledged giving classified information to a reporter, NBC News learned Friday.

The officer flunked a polygraph exam before being fired on Thursday and is now under investigation by the Justice Department, NBC has learned.

Intelligence sources tell NBC News the accused officer, Mary McCarthy, worked in the CIA’s inspector general’s office and had worked for the National Security Council under the Clinton and and George W. Bush administrations.

The leak pertained to stories on the CIA’s rumored secret prisons in Eastern Europe, sources told NBC. The information was allegedly provided to Dana Priest of the Washington Post, who wrote about CIA prisons in November and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize on Monday for her reporting.

Sources said the CIA believes McCarthy had more than a dozen unauthorized contacts with Priest. Information about subjects other than the prisons may have been leaked as well.

Flopping Aces has tons of lins on this, including speculation of a possible McCarthy/Joe Wilson connection. Make sure to read the whole thing.

(Hat tip: ST reader Big Bang Hunter)

I wish I could write more commentary on this, but my time is limited – check the following blogs for more comment on this developing story: Jeff Goldstein, Captain Ed, Michelle Malkin, Rick Moran, Kim Priestap at Wizbang, Stop The ACLU, Tom Maguire, Ace of Spades (see also here), AJ Strata, Gay Patriot

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76 thoughts on “CIA officer fired over “secret CIA prisons in Europe” leak

  1. Steve, like Kerry continues to cloud the debate.

    She broke the law, regardless of everything else. The democrats are cirl;cing their wagons to protect her, as expected.

  2. Marshall Art, your thrill as seeing someone who bothers to dissent in this site “bitch-slapped” is exactly why most people won’t come here. It hasn’t been much fun trying to talk with people who are really more interested in verbally abusing you than in engaging in discussion. Perhaps you are now one of them, judging by your giddy delight. If it weren’t for Baklava’s restraint and thoughtful posts, I wouldn’t even bother myself. I do want to understand why some people still support Bush, but when I see the “bitch slapping” posts, I have to skip over them.
    They offer nothing new but perhaps creative ways of insulting strangers. That’s twelve-year-old fare.

  3. Solitaire. Hypocracy is ripe here? How can you talk about restraint and thoughtful posts when in the last few hours you had a post with the “f” word. This on top of the fact that you copy and paste information from a conspiracist at who talks about people setting off bombs to bring down the World Trade Center on 9/11. There has been nothing you’ve posted with thoughtfulness and/or restraint.

    And as for understanding why some people still support Bush… I’m not sure your goal. Are you about ideas and solutions or bringing down the popularity of a president with false allegations. There are plenty of reasons to disagree with Bush or think that his solutions are not hte right ones but where do you get off thinking that you are any better than anyone else? Does anyone support solitaire? And why? Why would anyone support solitiare? I haven’t seen any idea or solution offered by solitiare… That would be less than Bush.

    That last paragraph may be lost on you but there is a point to it.

  4. Sorry Bak but if I didn’t add that last part people like Steve(fn) wouldn’t get it you know with liberals you have to spell it out and sometimes even then they don’t get it..

    Karl, there was a saying when I was in the service was “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance baffle them with Barbra Streisand” haven’t met to many brilliant liberals.

  5. Bak, he’s “better” in his mind by definition, because he’s a liberal and he “cares.”

    Reminds me of Tom Lehrer’s old song “Folk Song Army:”

    Oh, we are the Folk Song Army,
    Everyone of us cares,
    We all hate poverty, war, and injustice,
    Unlike the rest of you squares.

    This was written in the early/mid ’60’s, and it’s depressing to see that nothing has changed in the last 40 years with the leftist/liberals.

  6. Bak, the F word was not directed at a poster.
    “on top of the fact that you copy and paste information from a conspiracist at who talks about people setting off bombs to bring down the World Trade Center on 9/11″.
    Bak, I have never done copied and posted anything about 9/11 conspiracy theories. I don’t believe that, and I’ve never paid any attention to it, so I don’t know where you got that idea, but you’ve expressed it twice, which I kind of resent. How about addressing me, rather than ideas of somebody you assume I agree with in all things, which I don’t.
    You asked me if the prisons were illegal. It seems that will someday be debated, but I don’t really care about who’s fine print wins, I think these prisons, and the idea behind them, to be morally wrongheaded and basically violates the concepts of freedom that I cherish. Now, if the president or his counsel find a way to declare them legal, I don’t care. Secret prisons for secret prisoners are an abomination.

  7. That makes it OK? My point stands. Restraint and thoughtful posts aren’t coming from you even though you scolded somoene else.

    solitiare wrote, “Bak, I have never done copied and posted anything about 9/11 conspiracy theories. I don’t believe that, and I’ve never paid any attention to it, so I don’t know where you got that idea, but you’ve expressed it twice, which I kind of resent.

    Ok then. There just happens to be ANOTHER solitaire on the tp site. And… on top of that …. on that site there were the exact 200 words copy and pasted. I liked to that site’s page where you copied from twice. It’d evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. I did a search on the text the day you posted it. I found 2 sites that had it and one of the sites had a poster named solitaire posting there hundreds of times. Deny all you want or go away but I’ll keep mentioning it because it was WACKY stuff. They’ve messed with your head I’m telling you.

    Solitaire wrote, “Secret prisons for secret prisoners are an abomination.” Thank you for finally admitting to what amounts to as YOUR opinion. You’ve posted quite a few serious allegations with no credentials and have FAILED in follow up posts to offer that it’s just an opinion. What you get caught up in is what amounts to is pure political attacks. Just like the NSA wiretap debate. You have alleged in your copy /paste that the president broke 10 laws (approximately)… as if you are in the know and you have credentials. But when it comes down to it you are just FULL OF HATE. YOu don’t know. There are serious people debating all of these details and they matter. I’m not sure why you hate. Is it because you’d like government to grow faster? Or wouldn’t you like to team up with centrists and stop government from growing or conservatives and shrink government? Should able-bodied people who make poor decision be subsidized by able-bodied people who have personal responsibility? The safety-net for the elderly and non-able-bodied should not be diluted by an ever growing want more services from the government mentality. The federal government is tasked by the constitution with a few things leaving all other things to the states.

  8. - Whatever else happens in the next few days, its just a matter of time before we’re treated to the latest feckless “100 good reasons its patriotic to rat out your own country” by the swamp fever minds of the left. When you start holding yourself, and your own ideas as “Superior”, and therefore not subject to honest debate or examination, nor even to the laws of the land, you move from a reasonable position of viable viewpoint to egregious arrogance shared by the Totalitarian mindset of despots exactly like Stalin.

    – It doesn’t matter that your ideas are not the same as his may have been. Your methods are, and that in itself makes you a clear and present danger to everyones liberty. If the left wants to ever begin to be taken seriously on the National political stage, they are going to need to regain “statemanship”, or they are doomed to mediocrity, shunning, and less and less gravitas with the voting public. Laugh at that idea at your own peril.

    – Bang **==

  9. - And to Solitaire I can only say, as usual you’re jostling with windmills, totally behind on your facts, and just generally arguing everything but the real issue, as is the want of the left when they know they’re hopelessly on the wrong side of the debate.

    – What part of no eveidence any such prisons exist or EVER existed don’t you understand?

    – The issue is a trusted high level CIA official letting her political ideas drive her to espionage, and lord knows how many others are out there taking a totally indefensible position of putting themselves above the law. Of course the “early” spin the left is trying is the dumbass idea that the President breaks the law when he declassifies material. This is another blatant attempt to confuse the public and try to obfuscate the issue. The President, as a part of his Constitutional duties IS the authority on all things secret, and has that authority to classify or declassify as he sees fit. Thats one of the things he has as his elected power. The left hates that because they can’t lie with immunity like Wilson did without being caught at it when the President releases the truth by declasification. So they lie, get caught, then lie some more. Someone should take the time to tell the Liberal leaders that if you live by the lie, you die by the lie. The end does NOT justify the means in a Democratic Republic. If they continue along these lines they are not going to win elections or the hearts and minds of the public, but they are definately going to suffer the consequences.

    – For myself, I shake my head at a party that would sacrifice its own peoples lives so shamelessly for their own arrogant gains. In some respects I feel badly for McCarthy. Shes a victim, whos long public service has been destroyed by vicious anti-American minds that have used her for their own agendas.

    – Bang **==

  10. We’re all victims. The problem is that you’all have tissue before your eyes, but believe you see clearly. Stop staring at the cave wall, turn around and walk toward the light. Peace

  11. Steve that was elegant. Says absolutely nothing, but it does have a poetic lilt to it. You’ve wandered too far from your meds again.

    – Go back to reading the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, the plagerized propaganda piece, first written and published in Czarist Russia to foment hate against the Jewish population , and later used by Hitler, that you and the rest of your bigoted anti-semites dreg up every 30 years or so, as a cover to demonize all those hated “Joooosss”.

    – People that are really interested in Peace do not go around repeating hate filled lies, and phoney Propaganda. You’re a fraud Sparky. Maybe you should try another blogsite where the people lack the education neccessary to call you on your malicious lies.

    – Bang **==

  12. Steve’s reference to the cave wall is understandable to anyone who has read Plato and Socrates, or even attended a lecture in philosophy 101. I’m sorry you don’t get it, but it doesn’t mean he’s crazy.

  13. I repeat, Bak, that I have not copied and pasted ANYTHING about 911 conspiracy theories anywhere at all. I don’t read them, I don’t relay them, I don’t repeat them, and I don’t believe them.
    That isn’t to say that I haven’t copied stuff from other places and popped them in, but not on 911 conspiracy theories. Now, if I choose to repeat something I find on this website to others, does that mean I agree with everything on the site? Does it mean that I go back and read everything that poster has said? I don’t think so. You may have rules about cutting and pasting on this site? Just say what they are, ok?

  14. I didn’t say you copy and pasted anything about 9/11 conspiracy theories. You copy and pasted something long and specific and I linked it in previous posts. It was YOU acting like you were a legal expert going on with a list of articles of impeachment stuff that Bush should be impeached for. The stuff is loony and you don’t have a handle on any of the law that you copy and pasted ABOUT. You copyied it from the same guy who posted stuff about 9/11 conspiracy theories about blowing up the WTC. I’m sorry you did. You just did. You were on that site posting 100’s of times with similar comments as this site. Funny that that specific post that you pasted is only found on 2 places on the net.

    solitaire asked, “does that mean I agree with everything on the site?

    No. I didn’t say that. But to copy and paste from a guy named RemoveBush who had the loony stuff on the SAME thread shows the depths you go to.

    I never referred to rules. I referred to your character and common sense. Both are lacking. I rarely describe ANYONE that way.

  15. - I wasn’t really questioning Steves sanity solitaire, not that it hasn’t been from time to time, but the fact, like so many other “lefties”, he tends to wander off topic regularly. And I did get the connitation. We’re all blindly wasting time paying attention to treason by one of our highest CIA officials, when we should really be after the eeeevvvvilll McChimpyBusHitler and his Zionist neocons. Or something to that effect. In other words its much more proficious in his eyes, to chase “bogeymen” than deal with a real criminal in our system. Right. Got it. Check. Next.

    – Bang **==

  16. Mary, Mary, quite idiotary…
    See how your leaks grow and grow…
    With tin-foil hats, howling moonbats…
    because of that evil Karl Rove…

    – Bang **==

  17. The real criminals are those that allow and make war. And if you do not believe that Rove married the neo-cons, the Zionists and the armageddonists(Christian conservatives) to elect bush and then support the illegal invasion of Iraq, you haven’t been paying attention. Without the ex-Trotskyites and Scoop Jackson warmongers, known as the neo-cons, the American Zionists like Kristol,Wolfowitz,Delay and Cheney(to name a few)and the Armageddonists led by Falwell,Robertson and Dobson, there would never have been a war in Iraq. 19 Sunni Muslims, most from Saudi Arabian crashed into the WTC and bush Pre=emptively invades Iraq and lets bin laden continue to make audio tapes as the price of gas goes to $4.00 a gallon. Good job bushie. Peace

  18. The Neocon crowd, insufferably proud….
    with they’re morals and scriptures be damn…
    We’re elitist and brave, no laws to behave…
    We prefer dear Jihadist Islam….

    They’ll call you the names, a traitor profane…
    To us you’re our hero, dear Mary….
    To us theres no shame, we’ll hail to your name….
    and follow our leader, John Wilkes Kerry….

    – Bang **==

  19. Nice poetry, Bang. But if you can work in something about Bush=Hitler and made it rhyme with “copulation”, you might get invited to present it at President Feingold’s inauguration in 2009. Fame and fortune (not to mention lotsa loot) can be yours!

    The Far Left tends to be big boosters of poetry – especially poems that make liberal use of the four-letter words commonly found on public toilet walls. It shows their cultural superiority. Keep this in mind while composing.

    If Russ fails to win – well, keep your day job just in case.

  20. Mwa – being from the Great state of Kalifornicate, Feingold may not even make it back to Congress the next time she has to run. A Lot of Leftloons are unhappy with her for a variety of reasons, but mostly because she doesn’t lie enough.

    – Bang **==

  21. Oh jeez. Another philosopher. Well Solitaire, if Plato, Socrates or Philosophy 101 has brought you and steve to where you are today, I’ll definitely steer my daughter away from those areas. It’s certainly made a buffoon of steve. My glee was a direct result of finding steve’s nonsense get the same treatment here as other sites he sullies. If that offends you, toughen up, cupcake. He’s a fraud and I don’t think his ma wants him spending so much time on her computer.

    BTW–What does the (FN) or (FS) that follows steve’s name mean? I’ve not seen those used before.

  22. My character is not known by you, Bak. I’ve tried to give you the benefit of the doubt, but I got insults back. Although I sometimes found your posts interesting to read, I don’t want to have to read judgements on my “character” just because I have an opinion. In fact, I really don’t need the abuse I’ve gotten on this site when I try to say something… anything, actually. So, have a good time, guys, singing your tunes to each other… I’m changing stations permanently. Neither of us will miss the other.

  23. I wrote what I perceive based on your actions. There must be a reason for my perception ??? Insults, accusations, false allegations, etc come from you initially. Stop doing it and you won’t see responses to your initial salvo.

    If your opinion is that someone conservatives are “evil” then you will get responses about the “facts” you used, false conclusions based on misinformation and speculation concerning someone’s supposed “thoughts”.

    Perhaps is better suited for your liking because you have yes men there?

    Good luck! I hope you can hear other sources of information like most of us here are experienced with doing and reason out with common sense a reasonable conclusion in the future.

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