Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Feds Drop Probe of NSA Wiretapping Whistle Blower

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"The government has dropped its criminal investigation of the whistle blower who exposed the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program to the New York Times in 2004, and will evidently not be filing criminal charges for the historic leak.

Thomas Tamm, a former Justice Department attorney, learned last year that government was no longer pursuing a case against him, according to Politico. Tamm had held a Top Secret/SCI clearance at the Justice Department’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review when he discovered the illegal NSA program and tipped off theTimes. The paper held the story for a year, before breaking the news in a December 2005 article that set off a political and civil liberties firestorm that dogged George W. Bush through the end of his term, and earned the paper a Pulitzer.

The Times kept Tamm anonymous, and learned operational details of the spying from other sources. But in 2007, Tamm came home to find 18 FBI agents in his house. “They were all wearing body armor, they were all well armed,” he recalled in 2009. “They asked my kids if we had any secret rooms in the house … or whether I had any weapons. They were in my house for over seven hours...”

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/04/tamm/