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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
June 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Guardian, the British newspaper that revealed a string of top-secret U.S. intelligence systems and programs, identified the source of the disclosures as a former 29-year-old CIA technical staff member who has worked at the National Security Agency as an employee of outside contractors. In an article on its website Sunday , the newspaper said Edward Snowden, 29, had asked the paper to reveal his identity and that he never planned to remain anonymous. The article said he was staying in a luxury hotel in Hong Kong, and said he had lined the door of his hotel room with pillows to prevent eavesdropping.