Saturday, April 22, 2006

Who were Dana Priest's other sources?

I decided to go back and read the Washington Post srticle that Dana Priest wrote - with the help of Mary the Traitor - about the alleged CIA secret prisons in Europe...

... and I was reminded that Priest had more than Mary the Traitor helping her.

For example, one of Priest's sources was described as a "former senior intelligence officer who is familiar with the program but not the location of the prisons". Now, Mary the Traitor was a "former senior intelligence officer", by virtue of her having previously served in such a capacity, but, at the time of the leak, she was a 'current' CIA employee as well. Was Priest (and her editors) attempting to disguise the identity of her source by referring to her by her past - and not current - classification? If not, then who is this "former senior intelligence officer"?

Another passage refers to "current and former intelligence officers and two other U.S. government officials", which by my count, means Priest had at least four people - 2 government officials + at least 1 current intelligence officer + at least 1 former intelligence officer - telling her things they should have been telling her. One of these four could be the above-mentioned "former senior intelligence officer"... but who are the other three? And if these four do not include the above-mentioned source, then Priest had at least five sources.

There's another reference to a "former senior intelligence officer who worked in the CIA's Counterterrorist Center" during some period leading up to September 11th, 2001... which, again, could refer to Mary the Traitor, but only if she worked at the CTC. If not, then the CIA has at least one other leaker - and ought to know where to look to find him or her.