p2pnet news view | Security:- Blogger Shamai Kedem Leibowitz, aka Samuel Shamai Leibowitz, an Ex-FBI contractor, has admitted passing secret documents centering on US intelligence activities to another blogger who then published them online, says the Department of Justice.
The DoJ doesn’t say who the second blogger was.
From January 2009 through August 2009, Leibowitz worked for the FBI as a contract linguist in Calverton, Maryland, it says, going on >>>
As part of his official duties, Leibowitz held a top secret security clearance and had lawful access to classified documents and information relating to the communication intelligence activities of the United States.
In April 2009, according to the plea agreement, Leibowitz knowingly and willfully caused five documents that were classified at the secret level and which contained classified information relating to the communication intelligence activities of the United States, to be furnished to a person not entitled to receive such information.
The recipient was the host of a public blog available to anyone with access to the Internet. The recipient then published on the blog information derived from the classified documents provided by Leibowitz.
He’s a grandson to Yeshayahu Leibowitz, “the Orthodox Israeli philosopher who spoke out against Israeli’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip,” says the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
“Leibowitz also has a past as a far-left Israeli peace activist who favored a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” it says.
Under a plea agreement, “the government and Leibowitz have agreed that a term of 20 months in prison is the appropriate sentence in this case,” says the DoJ.
On his blog, Pursuing Justice, Leibowitz, 39, gives as his favourite quote:
“Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.” — Albert Einstein
Department of Justice – Former FBI Contract Linguist Pleads Guilty to Leaking Classified Information to Blogger, December 17, 2009
Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Israeli American FBI contractor pleads to secrecy charge, December 18, 2009
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