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Coll: Possible that senior White House officials may be indicted for leaking

Steve Coll’s article in the issue of the New Yorker out this week, about a CIA officer jailed for leaking, is interesting especially for two asides: — Over the past 100 years, he writes, 10 government officials have been prosecuted for leaking. Six of them have been during the Obama administration. — Coll predicts that ...

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Steve Coll's article in the issue of the New Yorker out this week, about a CIA officer jailed for leaking, is interesting especially for two asides:

-- Over the past 100 years, he writes, 10 government officials have been prosecuted for leaking. Six of them have been during the Obama administration.

-- Coll predicts that this may come back to haunt the administration: "If prosecutors find that senior White House officials broke the law while communicating with Sanger, President Obama may be unable to prevent high-level indictments."

Steve Coll’s article in the issue of the New Yorker out this week, about a CIA officer jailed for leaking, is interesting especially for two asides:

— Over the past 100 years, he writes, 10 government officials have been prosecuted for leaking. Six of them have been during the Obama administration.

— Coll predicts that this may come back to haunt the administration: “If prosecutors find that senior White House officials broke the law while communicating with Sanger, President Obama may be unable to prevent high-level indictments.”

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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