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Another GOP Leaders Leaks State Secrets

Posted by nytexan on August 10, 2007

The GOP is always the first to say that the democrats are not patriotic or the democrats are not tough on the terrorist. However, these knuckleheads think it’s just fine to publicly leak government secrets.

From ABC The Blotter:

For the second time in as many weeks, a senior House Republican may have divulged classified information in the media.

In an opinion article published in the New York Post Thursday, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., reported the top-secret budget for human spying had decreased — the type of detail normally kept under wraps for national security reasons.

“The 2008 Intelligence Authorization bill cut human-intelligence programs,” Hoekstra wrote in the piece, in which he also criticized “leaks to the news media.”

Formerly the chairman of the intelligence committee, Hoekstra is now its highest ranking Republican. In its recent budget authorizations, that committee kept from public view all figures and most discussion of spending on such classified items as human spying. Hoekstra’s apparent slip was first noted on the liberal Web site, Raw Story

“If Mr. Hoekstra wants to break ranks and disclose that information, that’s fine with me,” said Steven Aftergood, a government secrecy expert who has long pushed to declassify overall spending on intelligence. “But it is the sort of thing he has harshly criticized in the past.”

Indeed, Hoekstra’s penchant for openness appears to be selective. He has aggressively attacked unnamed opponents guilty of such leaking, accusing them of “recklessly and illegally” disclosing secrets “for political or other motives” in reports published by his committee.

He’s even exacted punishment for suspected transgressions. Last October, Hoekstra stripped the credentials of a Democratic committee aide he believed may have leaked a then-classified document to The New York Times. A month later, he quietly reinstated the aide’s access.

Hoekstra spokesman Jamal Ware said his boss’ op-ed discussed the spending without disclosing the underlying classified information.

““This is a partisan push being made by Democrats and their surrogates…there’s nothing there,” he said. Ware added that he himself had used similar language in a May press release, which stated the intelligence spending bill “cuts human intelligence programs.”

Secrets are apparently hard to keep these days. On July 31, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, allegedly disclosed a secret court ruling during a television interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto.

“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,” Boehner said.

Government officials have since confirmed to reporters that Boehner was discussing classified information, although the GOP leader denies it.

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2 Responses to “Another GOP Leaders Leaks State Secrets”

  1. thevoiceoftruth said

    Saying “the democrats are not patriotic or the democrats are not tough on the terrorist” is just as idiotic as someone saying that just because you disagree with gay rights you’re intolerant or homophobic. All those kinds of statements do is increase division and limit any hope of actual discussion of issues. I really look forward to the day where I hope we can discuss the issues without resorting to sticking labels on the opposition to try to silence them.

    As for what you quoted, yeah, they did it. The Dems have done it too. It’s to the point if one side or the other wasn’t leaking classified info it would be news! 🙂

  2. nytexan said

    thevoiceoftruth
    So true. Yes they all do it but that doesn’t make it right. What’s most bothersome about this is not that something was leaked but by whom. Hoekstra has been very harsh in the past on others for the very same thing yet he does it. It would be nice if Congress would walk the talk. They are always so fast to assign blame to eachotherr on everything. Maybe they should focus on what they have been sent to D.C for and stop the childish BS. Thanks for your comment.

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