Planned Troop Reductions Leaked

Michelle Malkin has a great new collection of “loose lips” posters as part of her post about the New York Times publishing a leaked report of a classified briefing by Gen. Casey about planned troop reductions in Iraq. (I will have more to say on planned troop reductions in a later post). Ed Morrisey points out that these plans were expected and that this is quite possibly an intentional leak from the Pentagon.

Speaking of leaks, as I type this, on the television is a special about the Night Stalker serial killer who terrorized California in the 1980s. The scene that just aired showed the press conference Diane Feinstein, then mayor of San Francisco, gave disclosing critical pieces of evidence that until then had been successfully kept from the public. The investigators on the case were furious and devastated because Feinstein’s disclosure jeopardized the investigation and endangered lives. I have seen video of the Feinstein press conference on several occasions and everytime I do, I wonder how, after doing that, she could be elevated by the voters of California to a position where she would have classified information critical to national security. Not being from California, and the case happening so long ago, I don’t know whether or not she ever paid any political price for that. I am just curious to know if any readers are aware of the fallout from that disclosure. I see it referenced from time to time, but am not aware that Feinstein ever suffered politically for it.

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