Shameful Leaks

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, December 22, 2005

Shameful Leaks

December 22, 2005

With all the talk about leaking in Washington, only one leak has produced a criminal investigation. That’s the one involving Valerie Plame, the so-called covert CIA agent, who worked a desk job in Washington.

There needs to be an investigation of who leaked information about the national security agency’s eavesdropping on terrorists. As President Bush noted, such leaks are “shameful” because they compromise U.S. security by making it more difficult to thwart the plans of terrorists for new attacks.

Democrats have had a field day accusing the Bush Administration of all sorts of things, including illegal activities. Here’s an opportunity for the administration to change the subject. The President hinted at his news conference on Monday that he has asked the Justice Department to look into who leaked the eavesdropping information. That’s a good first step.

The media, too, should be shamed for printing things that compromise American security and those in government who leak this stuff because they don’t like a certain policy, should be fired, arrested and tried.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.