Monday, November 17, 2003


Just kidding. I for one don't think that the leaking of most classified information is that big of a deal. Too much is classified by default, with little oversight. But, the CIA is wondering who leaked the latest classified document.

As the sage of the blogosphere, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, said recently when a non-classified memo was leaked:

As with the Plame affair, the reporter should be subpoenaed, and the leaker should be canned, or jailed. This sort of thing shouldn't be leaking.

We should forgive Glenn for being dazzled by the continuing employment of the Chewbacca defense. But, the outing of a deep CIA op is different than releasing noncritical information with a big "classified" stamp on it, which is itself different from leaking non-classified material.