Tuesday, August 7, 2007

CREW Calls For Investigation into Boehner's Alleged Leak of Classified Information

Yesterday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) "filed a complaint with the Department of Justice" asking that it "initiate an investigation into whether House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) violated the law by leaking classified information." Last week, during an interview with Fox News, Boehner revealed the existence of a secret FISA court ruling that declared "a key element of the Bush administration's wiretapping efforts illegal." "There's been a ruling, over the last four or five months, that prohibits the ability of our intelligence services and our counterintelligence people," Boehner told Fox's Neil Cavuto. Boehner's office claimed that his comments were based on a public letter from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and thus not a leak of classified information, but, as the Washington Post points out, "the letter referred only to 'approval' of a government surveillance request and did not refer, as Boehner did, to the court's rejection of surveillance of specific foreign communications routed through the United States." According to CREW, Boehner appears to have violated 18 U.S.C. § 793(d), which "provides that anyone with lawful possession of information relating to the national defense, which could be used to the injury of the United States, who willfully communicates that information to any person not entitled to receive it, is subject to up to ten years imprisonment."
Contact John Boehner and ask for him to resign at:
Washington, D.C. Office
1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6205
(202) 225-0704 fax

Residents of the 8th District
of Ohio may use the toll-free number: (800) 582-1001

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