David Sanger (NY Times) wrote the story published this week on the joint Israeli/US Stuxnet cyber sabotage project called "Olympic Games." This is an ongoing highly classified covert action of the US Government. It was presumably authorised by the president as a "finding" under the national security statutes of the US.
Today, on "Face the Nation," Sanger and his writing colleague claimed that they, over a period of a year, had interviewed officials who had access to this program and who told them all about it "for reasons of conscience." And then, according to the journalistic duo, they went to the White House to tell "them" how much they knew and to request yet more information. They say that the government complied and gave them informatin to complete the picture of this ongoing US strategic covert action.
"DAVID SANGER: You know, in the case of Olympic Games, I spent a year working the story from the bottom up, and then went to the administration and told them what I had. Then they had to make some decisions about how much they wanted to talk about it. All that you read about this being deliberate leaks out of the White House wasn't my experience. Maybe it is in-- in other cases. I'm sure the political side of the White House probably likes reading about the President acting with drones and cyber and so forth. National security side has got very mixed emotions about it because these are classified programs." Face the Nation - 3 June, 2012
Now it is true that the government has an absolute legal right to decide who it will prosecute or not prosecute for any federal crime. Nevertheless, the willingness of the Obama Administration to allow this particular security violation brings into question the willingness of the Obama Administration to prosecute journalists and sources in much less sensitive cases. You can name the cases. I was an expert witness in one and so will not comment on that matter.
If it occurred, was such government action legal? It probably was. Was it unjust in light if the government's other actions? Yes.
As I stated in another post, there really is no justice. pl