Democratic staffer suspended for Intel leak

The selective and misleading leak from the NIE conclusions may have been solved, as Republican Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Hoekstra has suspended a Democratic staffer and cut off his security clearance, as Katherine Shrader of the Associated Press reports:

House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra has suspended a Democratic staff member because of concerns he may have leaked a high-level intelligence assessment to The New York Times last month.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press Thursday night, Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Ill., a committee member, said that an unidentified staffer requested the document from National Intelligence Director John Negroponte three days before the Sept. 23 story about its conclusions.

Read the rest at the link above.

This may not be pretty, as Jane Harman is already demanding the staffer be reinstated. I doubt Hoekstra would have taken this action without a bit more than the coincidental timing, though.

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