Mr. Leaker comes forward - calling Katie Coric! (Or the white coat brigade)
NSA whistleblower asks to testify; Vows to describe illegal intelligence operations
"A former National Security Agency official wants to tell Congress about electronic intelligence programs that he asserts were carried out illegally by the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Russ Tice, a whistleblower who was dismissed from the NSA last year, stated in letters to the House and Senate intelligence committees that he is prepared to testify about highly classified Special Access Programs, or SAPs, that were improperly carried out by both the NSA and the DIA.
"I intend to report to Congress probable unlawful and unconstitutional acts conducted while I was an intelligence officer with the National Security Agency and with the Defense Intelligence Agency," Mr. Tice stated in the Dec. 16 letters, copies of which were obtained by The Washington Times.
The letters were sent the same day that the New York Times revealed that the NSA was engaged in a clandestine eavesdropping program that bypassed the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. The FISA court issues orders for targeted electronic and other surveillance by the government."
Now isn't that heroic....
" In his Dec. 16 letter, Mr. Tice wrote that his testimony would be given under the provisions of the 1998 Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, which makes it legal for intelligence officials to disclose wrongdoing without being punished. "
Not so fast pookie.....
If you we're given up trade secrets to Risen before you wrote those letters, you're not covered by the WBA. In fact - you're toast.
But there is more to the story of Mr. Tice that Mr. Gertz leaves out:
According to this May, 2005 story, Tice is just another disgruntled ex employee with an axe to grind and as the story relate he may be a member of the Tin Foil hat brigade. Gee How many of these have we seen.
"In April 2003, Tice sent an e-mail to the DIA agent handling his suspicions about a co-worker being a Chinese spy. He was prompted to do so by a news report about two FBI agents who were arrested for giving classified information to a Chinese double agent.
"At the time, I sent an e-mail to Mr. James (the person at DIA handling his complaint) questioning the competence of counterintelligence at FBI," Tice wrote in a document submitted to the Inspector General. In the e-mail, he mentioned that he suspected that he was the subject of electronic monitoring.
Shortly after sending the e-mail, an NSA security officer ordered him to report for "a psychological evaluation" even though he had just gone through one nine months earlier. Tice believes James called NSA to ask them "to go after him" on their behalf.
When Tice called Mr. James to confront him about calling the NSA security official, he told Tice that "there was reason to be concerned" about his suspicion about his former co-worker.
The Defense Department psychologist concluded that Tice suffered from psychotic paranoia, according to Tice. "He did this even though he admitted that I did not show any of the normal indications of someone suffering from paranoia," Tice wrote in a statement to the inspector general.
"I knew my from that day that my career was over," said Tice, who has worked in intelligence since he graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985. His job at NSA was so top secret that he could not even reveal his title.
According to what I can find out, this is the tip of the story. Tice was stalking this ex co-worker, harrassing her, obsessedly convinced she was a spy and generally causing a rukus around the office when there was absolutely no evidence of her being a Chinese spy. He then opened his own little investigation which is eluded to here:
"Tice, a 20-year veteran of the federal intelligence agencies, worked at DIA until 2002. He made his initial report about the suspected spy at DIA after noticing that a co-worker voiced sympathies for China, traveled extensively abroad and displayed affluence beyond her means."
Word is that his security clearance (because he was misusing infomation and looking with unauthorized peeks into the co-worker's background), was subsequently revoked - FOR CAUSE - or for those on the left - because he violated the terms of keeping a clearance.
I'll post more on this as I get it.
UPDATE: More from Clarice Feldman at American Thinker. Also at Powerlineblog.
UPDATE II: Got an email from a reader saying that Rush Limbaugh covered this story a little today. I don't get a chance to listen, but he posts the daily content from his show on his website just after the broadcast. I'm glad the big guy and me see eye to eye - especially that Tice isn't covered by any Whistle Blower's act - no one is when they blab National Secrets to the media.
Yet the greater news is while Tice isn't the source to Risen, he is a player in the greater story, much of which is covered in Clarice Feldman's article (linked above), and that fits the "Rockefeller Plan" nicely.
Which brings us to "Syria Rocky". I wonder if he has Risen's number on his Blackberry?......
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