Drone Strikes Against Fox News?

by Kevin Jon Heller

The Washington Post is reporting that a State Department contractor has been charged with leaking defense information to Fox News:

A State Department contractor was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury in the District, becoming the latest target of a series of investigations into unauthorized government leaks to news organizations under the Obama administration.

Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, 43, then a senior adviser for intelligence on detail to the State Department’s arms control compliance bureau, was charged with disclosing national defense information in June 2009 to a national news organization, believed to be Fox News, and lying to the FBI. Kim pleaded not guilty before U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

Although unnamed by the government, Fox News reporter James Rosen wrote a report posted June 11, 2009, saying that U.S. intelligence officials had warned that North Korea planned to respond to a new round of U.N. sanctions with another nuclear test. Rosen reported that the CIA warning was developed through sources inside North Korea.

According to the indictment, Kim disclosed “Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information” that concerned the military capabilities of a foreign nation and intelligence “sources and/or methods,” which “could be used to the injury of the United States.”

I look forward to Marc Thiessen’s impassioned call for Fox News to be prosecuted for espionage and material support for terrorism!  After all, we won’t even have to extradite James Rosen.  (Although perhaps a drone strike would be easier.  Much less paperwork than drafting an indictment.)


2 Responses

  1. Quod licet jovi non licet bovi, or how to be a professional in what you do: http://contusio-cordis.blogspot.com/2010/07/journalism-if-only.html

  2. 🙂

    If they leak the drone attack day as well, I will certainly tune in and and watch that live on Fox.

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