WASHINGTON — A former senior executive at the National Security Agency was charged Thursday with lying and obstruction of justice in an investigation of leaks of classified information to a newspaper.
Federal prosecutors said Thomas Drake, 52, served as a source for many articles about the NSA in an unidentified newspaper, including articles that contained classified information.
A federal indictment filed in Maryland charges that Drake used a nongovernment e-mail account to transmit classified and unclassified information. Authorities also charge that Drake lied to federal agents about what he'd done.
The indictment does not identify the reporter, the newspaper or the subject matter of the stories. It says the stories were published between February 2006 and November 2007.
On the surface, it appears that Drake leaked classified information. However, it appears that Drake was a whistleblower, who was leaking Federal programs which were created to spy on Americans. Yes, Bush created these programs, and Obama is trying his damndest to keep them going at any cost.
Again, I ask "What change"? Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. IMHO, I believe that the Obama administration should be investigated for spying on American citizens without a court order. And, if it shows that Obama was in the loop on this, then he should be impeached.
You know, I bristle and get pissed when I see extremists comparing Obama to Hitler, but in some ways, they might actually be right. There is absolutely no excuse for Obama's using the Constitution to wipe his ass on.