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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