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“Leahy The Leaker” was his nickname, helping terror-sponsoring dictators was his game

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You'll note that Senator Patrick Leahy features prominently in every article on the Cuban Twitter "scandal." Our intrepid friends at Frontpage Magazine's Discover the Networks provide some fascinating background on the Senator:

While serving as vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the mid-1980s, Patrick Leahy earned the nickname "Leahy the Leaker" because of his propensity to publicly reveal sensitive intelligence data. In a 1985 television appearance, for instance, he disclosed classified information that had enabled the Egyptian government to capture the Arab terrorists who had hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship and killed an American citizen. Leahy's indiscretion may have cost the life of at least one of the Egyptian operatives involved in that capture.

In 1986 Leahy leaked secret information about a covert plan by the Reagan administration to overthrow Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi. A few weeks later, details of the plan appeared in The Washington Post, and the operation was cancelled.

In January 1987 Leahy was forced to resign as vice chair of the Intelligence Committee after leaking classified information about the Iran-Contra affair. It was considered to be one of the most serious breaches of secrecy in the Committee's history.

2 comments to “Leahy The Leaker” was his nickname, helping terror-sponsoring dictators was his game

  • asombra

    Look at the smiling bitch in gray, not to mention the ghastly one I take to be Mrs. Leahy. New England womanhood at its finest, no doubt. Rosalynn Carter hasn't aged well, either, but at least she doesn't go around looking like an old albino dressed as a fire hydrant.

    But don't blame Leahy; blame the people who put him in Congress and have kept him there.

  • George Moneo

    Actually, the epithet was "Leaky Leahy."