Reported by USA Today 11/08/2005
Calls grow for probe of CIA prison story leak
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has taken the first step toward a full-scale criminal investigation of a leak of possibly classified information on secret prisons to The Washington Post, an official said Tuesday.
The agency's general counsel sent a report to the Justice Department about the Post story, which reported the existence of secret detention centers for suspected terrorists in Eastern Europe.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue deals with classified information, said the referral was made shortly after the Nov. 2 story. The leak investigation into the disclosure of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame's identity came about through the same referral procedure. The Justice Department will decide whether to initiate a criminal investigation.
The Post declined to comment.
On Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert called for a congressional investigation into the disclosure of the existence of the secret prisons.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sidestepped questions on secret prisons, saying the United States was in a "different kind of war" and had an obligation to defend itself.
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My position is that the United States has a right, using reasonable, legal means, however repugnant they may be, to protect itself from its enemies. However, the use of potentially illegal confinement facilities, outside the US, merely to prevent the execution of US Law, might go beyond the pale of reasonableness.