November 8, 2005
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Republican lawmakers are seeking a congressional investigation into leaks of information used by The Washington Post in an article on the CIA’s secret global prison system, congressional aides said on Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert in a draft letter asked the intelligence committees to “immediately initiate a joint investigation into the possible release of classified information.”
Mississippi Republican Sen. Trent Lott told reporters he thought information for the story may have come from a Republican Senate staffer.
“There’s no question that there was a discussion to a Washington Post reporter by a staff person who apparently knew everything that went on there last Tuesday,” Lott said, referring to a Senate Republican meeting last week.
“I just think we spend too much time around here chasing rabbits,” Lott said. “You give 10 senators information it’s going to get out, so what are you going to prove here?”
As Atrios points out, Cheney was in the room for the meeting.
Not that there’s anything significant about that.
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