The CIA may leak classified info to a journalist, yet have it remain classified for others, forming a deep state media.
The deep state media just got another legal protection!
A judge ruled that the CIA has a right to leak classified intelligence to a reporter and yet have it remain classified to all other people, including other reporters. They can even deny Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests that journalists make asking to look at information that the CIA has already given to other journalists.
Effectively this makes “private” media companies into tools for propaganda. CNN now has an official basis in legal precedent!
This allows the CIA to continue to have a powerful channel to create fake news, like has been done in the case of the Trump dossier.
McClatchy reports, “CIA emails to journalists don’t have to be released to public, judge rules.”
The CIA can selectively divulge classified information to selected reporters in emails yet withhold that information from other journalists or members of the public when they seek the same information under the Freedom of Information Act, a federal judge in New York has ruled.[…]
Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York ruled that the CIA does not have to release parts of five emails senior CIA officials sent to journalists from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and The Washington Post in 2012. At the time, the CIA was facing pressure over links it may have had to a Pakistani doctor who helped American forces hunt down Osama bin Laden.
The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Adam Johnson, a freelance reporter […].
“The Director of Central Intelligence is free to disclose classified information about CIA sources and methods selectively, if he concludes that it is necessary to do so in order to protect those intelligence sources and methods, and no court can second guess his decision,” McMahon ruled.
McMahon ruled that such communication is not part of the public domain, and that the CIA was within its rights to discuss protected information in emails to reporters of certain media outlets, just as the media outlets are protected by law when sued to divulge anonymous sources.
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