June 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. told a Senate committee Tuesday that members of the Department of Justice's national security division have been recused from participating in new investigations into leaks of classified information to the press, but he insisted that the decision does not signal they were part of the unauthorized disclosure of secret material. He also said that he and FBI Director Robert Mueller III have already been interviewed by two teams of prosecutors about what they knew about the leaks into secret drone attacks, cyber warfare and other clandestine operations.
June 10, 2012 |
Two stories published by the New York Times, which exposed the extent of U.S. involvement in cyber attacks against Iran and the White House's secret 'Kill List,' have sparked scrutiny over the last week amid allegations that administration officials had leaked classified information for political gain. The debate continued Sunday as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reiterated calls for a special prosecutor to take charge of leak investigations and as a reporter who wrote one of the stories said he doubted that any politically motivated leaks were involved.
December 19, 2012 |
A Russian technology website has leaked the features and specifications for what it says is the rumored Sony smartphone with a 5-inch screen. The site Mobile-review.com on Wednesday posted a long article describing the phone along with dozens of photographs of the device. The phone, which is expected to be called the Yuga, will have a full HD 1,920-by- 1,080-pixel resolution. It'll also have a 440 pixels-an-inch density that is comparable to that of the HTC Droid DNA, another 5-inch smartphone, according to Engadget , which reported the phone's details in English.
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 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.