Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Aide de prison camp

The Cheney administration really has been tossing around secret documents when convenient.
Ex-Cheney aide gets 10 years in prison in spy case

A former White House official who took top secret documents from U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's office and gave them to opposition figures in the Philippines was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in prison.

Philippine-born Leandro Aragoncillo, a U.S. citizen and former Marine, pleaded guilty last year to taking the documents that included details on threats against U.S. government interests and military personnel in the Philippines. Aragoncillo worked on the security detail assigned to the vice president from 1999 to 2002, where he held a top security clearance.
I guess Dick wasn't keeping those secrets in any of his private, "man-sized Mosler safes." This from the self-described bastion of "national security." One can only imagine that Cheney's resistance to National Archives oversight is based, in part, on the obvious lax approach taken with "threats against US government interests." At least, that is, with government interests in which Cheney has no personal or political interest.

And really, how dumb to you have to be to send over 800 classified documents about the Philippines via fax? To the Philippines. This is the kind of thinking that gets a "top security clearance" in Cheney's office? What a bunch of fuck-ups. They can't even spy well.

By the way, how many Bush administration officials are in prison, have resigned before they could be indicted or have had their sentences commuted so far?


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