Friday, April 21, 2006

CIA worker dismissed over leaks

BBC NEWS - The CIA has sacked an employee for leaking secret information to the media, an agency official said.
The agency did not name the employee fired but said the person had admitted to "the unauthorized sharing of classified information" with the media.

The employee was dismissed after a three-month long investigation into recent leaks, a CIA spokesman said.

The agency was rocked by reports in November that the US was housing terror suspects at "secret jails" abroad.

The information, initially published in US daily The Washington Post, sparked an outcry in several countries whose governments are allied to the US.

The US has never confirmed it is using prisons in allied nations to hold terror suspects.

Speaking to Congress in February, CIA director Porter Goss called for a federal grand jury to uncover the origin of the leaks.

"The damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our mission," Mr Goss said.

The CIA did not specify whether the firing of its employee was related to the leaks in The Washington Post.

The employee's case has been referred to the Department of Justice for possible prosecution, the CIA said.

According to the BBC's Washington correspondent, Adam Brookes, the US intelligence community has been infuriated by a series of recent disclosures of material it sought to keep secret.