Part five Who's watching The publication of the Verizon phone records order had one immediate political impact. It revealed that at a Senate committee hearing in Marchthe director of national intelligence, James Clapper, had given misleading testimony.
Since the recent rash of leaks and thefts of classified information has real implications for our national security, this issue needs public attention. Take the recent case of the improbably named Reality Winner, the NSA contractor who was arrested in June for stealing an above-top-secret report and passing it to The Intercept, which published its revelations.
A former Air Force linguist assigned to NSA Georgia, located in Augusta, the year-old Winner took it upon herself to sneak National security agency s espionage classified intelligence out of her office—hidden in her pantyhose—because she felt the public had a right to know its contents.
According to Winnershe stole a Top Secret Codeword signals intelligence assessment on Russian hacking of our election because she felt it needed to be known: Of course, she knew the answer: However, Winner, who was miffed at her co-workers for watching Fox News in the office, decided that the damage to NSA caused by her leak would be limited: Winner has been denied bail and is awaiting trial for violations of the Espionage Act.
A similar self-serving excuse was at work in the case of Chelsea Manningwho back inwhen she was Bradley, a year-old Army private, stole three-quarters of a million classified documents belonging to various agencies of our government and passed them to WikiLeaks, which posted them online.
Needless to add, spy services everywhere take a dim view of such self-appointed moralists, who put their work and the lives of their co-workers at risk with their crimes.
There are Millennials who possess a radically different take on secrecy laws than previous Americans, including a belief that self-derived morality trumps federal law. While traitors have always been with us—George Washington warned of them passionately—intelligence personnel deciding for themselves to steal and expose secrets, including details of espionage sources and methods, in some sort of quest to inform the public represents an innovation, and for our Intelligence Community, a disastrous one.
Like all IC agencies, NSA seldom checks employees leaving the building to search for purloined information. In the last couple of decades, a few people have snuck classified information out of NSA to pass to foreign intelligence services; in a case I worked for agency counterintelligence, a traitor snuck top secret reports out of the building by hiding them under his trousers.
This problem is hardly unique to the spy business. The Millennial generation, or at least a portion of it, includes Americans who seemingly reject centuries of understanding about why state secrets must be kept.
Over 70 years ago, C. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. They must, however, be willing to keep secrets. If our society cannot generate such trustworthy men and women anymore, we ought to get out of the spy business altogether.
John Schindler is a security expert and former National Security Agency analyst and counterintelligence officer. More by John Schindler:The National Security Agency is the world’s most powerful, most far-reaching espionage. Now with a new afterword describing the security lapses that preceded the attacks of September 11, , Body of Secrets takes us to the inner sanctum of America’s spy world.
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