Statement on Need for Special Counsel on Unauthorized Disclosure
of CIA Officer
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today at a news conference in the Capitol:
As a member of the Intelligence Committee for 10 years, including
two years as ranking Democrat, I know full well the risks taken
by courageous clandestine intelligence officers and the need to
have their identities protected.
have been reports that senior members of the Administration have
broken the law by disclosing to journalists the identity of a member
of the CIAs clandestine service. These actions can not be
are more closely guarded by the United States than the sources and
methods of intelligence collection. Those who revealed the name
of the CIA officer have neither an appreciation of, nor a respect
for, the dangerous circumstances in which clandestine officers often
live and work. Protecting the identity of these clandestine officers
is an essential part of ensuring their ability to do their jobs
safely and effectively.
investigation of this despicable matter must be undertaken immediately.
It must be thorough, and it must be beyond question in terms of
the vigor with which it is pursued.
allegations about the involvement of senior White House officials
and the past close association between the Attorney General and
one of those officials, the investigation should be headed by a
person independent of the Administration.
ever was a case for the appointment of a special counsel, this is