Unauthorized disclosure

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Unauthored disclosure, in the context of information necessary to preserve and maintain a country's national security -- often refered to in the vernacular as a leak -- is obviously a matter of deep concern.


Unauthorized disclosures of confidential and/or secret information have led to full-blown scandal in the White House. In the Watergate case, someone codenamed Deep Throat revealed details of a White House coverup by President Richard M. Nixon and staff co-conspirators.

Valerie Plame

On July 14, 2003, the name of Valerie Plame, wife of retired Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, was leaked by columnist Robert Novak as a CIA covert operative.

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