There is a major controversy in Washington D.C. regarding the release of classified information. Republicans in Congress are accusing the Obama Administration of leaking the information for political gain. The ranking minority member of the House Pernament Select Committee on Intelligence Dutch Rupperserger has proclaimed that anybody leaking classified information should go to jail.
Of course, if you were paying attention to the news the evening of May 1st, 2011, you may have seen the news reports of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Prior to the statement by President Barrack Obama, one congressman confirmed the killing to NBC News and Politico (those were the two outlets I was watching that night, I don’t know who else he was talking to)…Congressman Dutch Rupperserger. Politico has Dutch’s office on the record leaking this classified information.
See, prior to the President announcing that Osama bin Laden had been killed, the information was classified, only the President could de-classify the information. Rupersberger received the call informing him of the information because he was the ranking member of the Committee responsible for the oversight of Intelligence matters. Dutch turned around, and in an effort to capture positive headlines called all the media outlets possible to let them know, and didn’t have the sense enough to tell them it was off the record.
And now as the debate rages over who is responsible for the leaks of intelligence issues, maybe we should look at the person with knowledge of all of our country’s intelligence secrets, who has shown his propensity to leak the classified information he has been entrusted with.