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CREW attacks John Boehner
Posted by: Jon Henke on Friday, August 10, 2007

The all-but-officially Democratic "watchdog" organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has "filed a complaint with the Department of Justice" asking for "an investigation into whether House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-OH) violated the law by leaking classified information."
In a July 31, 2007 interview with Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto, Rep. Boehner disclosed an aspect of a Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court’s decision regarding warrantless wiretapping, stating:
There's been a ruling, over the last four or five months, that prohibits the ability of our intelligence services and our counterintelligence people from listening in to two terrorists in other parts of the world where the communication could come through the United States.
By telling a reporter that a FISA court has restricted the U.S. intelligence community's surveillance of suspected terrorists overseas, Rep. Boehner appears to have transmitted information relating to the national defense in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 793(d).
...which sounds pretty serious, and was picked up by the sort of blogs you'd expect to pick it up - the DNC blog, the CREW Blog, Carpetbagger Report, Crooks and Liars, Mother Jones blog, etc - and even Hot Air, which was just glad to see lefty blogs again concerned about leaking.


The ruling is already public knowledge. It is described in a letter on Senator Leahy's website (PDF), and the Washington Post did a story on it in May...
Court orders in January that brought President Bush's warrantless terrorist surveillance program under existing law have limited the intelligence that agencies can collect, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell told a Senate committee yesterday. "We are actually missing a significant portion of what we should be getting," McConnell said during an unusual public session of the Select Committee on Intelligence on the administration's proposal to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA).
What, exactly, was the leak?
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Somebody needs to mirror that PDF file (I would but I’m not on my own computer) before Leaky Leahy sends it down the Memory Hole.
Written By: Brian Epps
It must be nice to have a cooperative media that never calls you out on your double standards.
Written By: jpm100
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Details details details...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Not so or not

Discuss the legality or constitutionality of FISA all you want, the point remains that Rep. Boehner did not reveal information that was not already in the public domain. This renders the CREW complaint worthless, DOA and silly.
This is one of my posts on CREWblog.

I knew I had read about this at least a week before Neil Cavuto and Rep. Boehner talked on July 31th. I even had a record that I had "revealed" the same information 3 days before the interview on several different blogs, but couldn’t remember exactly where.

Thanks for that May 2nd link at WaPo.
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