June 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of congressional members called for an investigation into the source of security leaks that led to stories published by the New York Times, but stopped short of claiming the leaks were made for political purposes by the Obama administration. The four lawmakers, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), along with Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), held a news conference Thursday following a closed-door meeting with National Security Director James Clapper.
July 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Expressing outrage over national security leaks, Republicans on a House Judiciary subcommittee pressed legal experts Wednesday on whether it was possible to prosecute reporters for publishing classified information. The response was a qualified yes. "Under certain circumstances, you can see that if someone acting with impunity and knowledge of the consequences goes ahead and publishes it, that is something that I think would be worthy of prosecution and punishment," said Kenneth Wainstein, a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft who specializes in national security.
June 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - As part of his effort to plug leaks, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is considering a proposal to force intelligence agency employees to answer a direct question in their polygraph examinations about whether they have disclosed information to reporters, according to officials familiar with the matter. Government officials who seek top-secret clearances are subject to an initial polygraph test and periodic renewals, in many cases every five years. Currently, they are asked whether they have ever disclosed classified information to someone not authorized to receive it. But they are not specifically asked about contacts with the news media.
March 19, 2013 |
Federal safety regulators have begun a probe of fuel leaks in about 250,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cars. The investigation was launched after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Mercedes-Benz received more than 500 complaints from owners about a strong odor of gasoline, mainly after refueling. The NHTSA said fuel may be leaking from the upper part of the gas tank. No fires or injuries have been reported. The investigation includes vehicles from 2003 to 2008 model years.
June 21, 2012 |
Cui bono? That's what Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan asks. "Who benefits" from recent leaks of intelligence information to the media? The answer is obvious, Noonan writes, and therefore so is the source of the leaks: It's the folks in the Obama administration, who want to make their man look steely and steady at the helm of U.S. foreign policy. Noonan charges "high administration sources" with "diarrhetic volubility" that is "a real breakthrough in the history of indiscretion.
August 1, 2013 |
An Ontario, Calif., food processing plant operator has agreed to pay $157,000 in fines in connection with a release of toxic ammonia, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday. Ventura Foods was cited for failing to immediately notify authorities after its equipment leaked anhydrous ammonia, a poisonous gas, and for deficiencies in its accident prevention and emergency response plans. EPA investigators logged more than two dozen anhydrous ammonia releases at the facility since 2007, including a September 2010 leak into the air and sewer line that was large enough that the company should have reported it immediately under federal environmental laws meant to protect the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1997
Re "Not All News Leaks Deserve Law's Shield," Commentary, Dec. 30: But of course! Who but lawyer Gerald Uelmen, member of the defense team in O.J. Simpson's criminal trial, is better suited to lecture us about "the extremes of irresponsibility . . . that thwart justice and fair play"? EDWARD C. BRESSLER
July 18, 2011 |
Lance Armstrong's attorneys say illegal government leaks of grand jury information have sullied the cyclist's reputation, and have asked a court to order federal agents to discuss their contacts with the media. In a 20-page notice of alleged violations filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, lawyers for the seven-time Tour de France winner cited more than a dozen articles in many media outlets from May 2010 through last month about an ongoing grand jury investigation into whether Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs in violation of U.S. law. The cyclist's attorneys argue that only someone in the government could be responsible for the leaks, and a judge should order the government to explain why it should not be held in contempt.
August 13, 2004
There is a law, as there should be, against revealing the name of a covert CIA agent. It looks as if people in the Bush administration probably broke this law last summer. Annoyed beyond endurance at Joseph C. Wilson IV -- who was sent to find evidence that Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium and who came back saying there wasn't any -- somebody in the administration told journalists that Wilson's wife had helped him get the job and, by the way, she was an undercover CIA agent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2000
Missing from "Radioactive Waste Seeps Toward Columbia River" (March 12) was any realistic assessment of the dangers to people or the environment from the leaking radiation. I am deeply concerned about many environmental issues, such as global warming, the depletion of the ozone layer, destruction of the rain forest, etc. However, from what I know about radiation, the Hanford situation wouldn't even be on my top-100 list of environmental worries. In many parts of the world the natural background radiation is from 10 to 100 times larger than the average level.