FAS Roundup: January 28, 2013

Former CIA officer sentenced for leak, Pentagon relaxes censorship of Afghan war memoir and much more.

From the Blogs

  • ODNI Releases FY 2009 Budget Book (Redacted): The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released a heavily redacted version of its Congressional Budget Justification Book for Fiscal Year 2009 in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Steven Aftergood writes that although most of the substance of the document has been withheld, a number of details of interest (to some) have been preserved.
  • Pentagon Relaxes Censorship of Afghan War Memoir: In 2010, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer wrote a memoir of his service as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan called “Operation Dark Heart”. The Department of Defense intervened to block publication, asserting that the manuscript contained classified information.  An initial print run of the book was destroyed, and the work was republished with hundreds of passages redacted. Now the Pentagon has decided that many of the claimed redactions are no longer necessary, and may be disclosed in future editions of the book.

  • Former CIA Officer Kiriakou Sentenced for Leak: Former CIA officer John Kiriakou was sentenced on January 25 to 30 months in prison for a violation of the Intelligence Identities Protection Act after he pleaded guilty to one count of identifying a covert agent. Although the sentence is less than that prescribed by federal sentencing guidelines, the government said that it considers the reduced penalty “reasonable.” Although Mr. Kiriakou accepted full responsibility for his actions.


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