The country needs to find out who was the source of several classified top-secret intelligence information to the national press media and do it quickly. These leaks have badly damaged our national security and severely impeded our ability to recruit new intelligence sources. If true, these leaks have sent one Pakistani doctor to prison for the rest of his life, outed intelligence sources within Yemen Al Qaita, and a possible cyber attack on Iran.
These leaks have caused various sources of intelligence to no longer feel that the U.S. Government can be trusted to keep secrets. This loss of faith limits our ability to ward off future terrorist attacks against our country. We must identify the leakers and if possible prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. If we cannot do that, then they need to be excluded from any future intelligence briefings.
The quickest way to find the traitors is for the President to order all of the people who were in the intelligence process to release any reporter from claims of confidentiality. Then anyone who refuses to do that would be barred from top-secret information. All persons-the list is small-who were privy to the leaked intelligence could be investigated including lie-detector tests. This investigation could be done right now by the appropriate Congressional committees-Armed Service and Intelligence.
These committees are already set up to handle classified information and could start their search right now, not 6 months or more from now, which will be the case if the Dept. of Justice does it.
It is vitally important that these leaks be stopped and the sooner the better, to prevent any further damage. The reporters should also be asked to give up their source. This should not be a partisan issue and should be a top priority for our federal government.
Terry G. Loyd