U.S. Charges Ex-NSA Official With Giving Reporter Secrets

The prosecution of a reporter's government source for allegedly revealing classified information is the sort of case that has the attention of many journalists and officials in the nation's capital and beyond, especially since so much government information is classified, whether it needs to be or not.

As NPR's Ari Shapiro reported for the networks' newscast:

Thomas Drake was a senior official at the National Security Agency in 2006, when - according to the indictment - a congressional staffer connected Drake with a reporter.

While the indictment does not name the reporter, NPR has confirmed that it was Siobhan Gorman, who covered intelligence for the Baltimore Sun.

Drake and Gorman each set up private anonymous email accounts.

And, according to prosecutors, Drake gave Gorman classified information.

She then published a series of stories about the national security agency's operations.

These stories were unrelated to the widely-publicized New York Times reports about President Bush's warrantless wiretapping program.

First Amendment groups have recently criticized prosecutors for pursuing reporters and their sources.

In response, a senior justice official said no reporters were subpoenaed in this investigation.



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