The Justice Department finally is making headway in the case of the anonymous leaker who exposed the secret NSA wiretaps of phone conversations of Al Qaeda associates that were switched through or to the US phone network. Here, hopefully stripped of most of Michael Isikoff’s Bush-bashing cant, from Newsweek via memeorandum:
last week […] a team of FBI agents, armed with a classified search warrant, raided the suburban Washington home of a former Justice Department lawyer. The lawyer, Thomas M. Tamm, previously worked in Justice’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR)—the supersecret unit that oversees surveillance of terrorist and espionage targets. The agents seized Tamm’s desktop computer, two of his children’s laptops and a cache of personal files. Tamm and his lawyer, Paul Kemp, declined any comment. So did the FBI. But two legal sources who asked not to be identified talking about an ongoing case told NEWSWEEK the raid was related to a Justice criminal probe into who leaked details of the warrantless eavesdropping program to the news media. The raid appears to be the first significant development in the probe since The New York Times reported in December 2005 that Bush had authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on the international phone calls and e-mails of U.S. residents without court warrants. (At the time, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said of the leak: “This is really hurting national security; this has really hurt our country.”)
It’s about time! If a plain reading of the Constitution can be trusted, whoever committed this leak is guilty of treason. That’s a serious enough offense that the Justice Department ought to be chasing it down.