Somebody in the administration inadvertently disclosed the name of the A'stan CIA Chief in a notice that went to 6000 people ... uh-oh ... guess that person also gets a pass on his performance review? Or does that person at least get a fine?
The Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 makes it a federal crime for anyone with access to classified information to intentionally expose the identity of individuals who are working in a covert capacity for the United States unless the U.S. government has already revealed the relationship publicly.There is precedent, however.
In 2007, a federal judge sentenced Republican Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, to 30 months of hard time and a fine of $250,000 for leaking the covert identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame Wilson.
Libby was not convicted for intentionally spilling Plame’s identity. Instead, he was convicted for perjury, making false statements to federal investigators, and obstruction of justice.
President George W. Bush later commuted the prison-sentence portion of Libby’s sentence, but left other parts intact.