23 May '12, 3pm

Former secrecy czar asks court to release NSA document from Thomas Drake leak case

The former director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) asked a federal court yesterday for permission to disclose a National Security Agency document that he said represented an egregious example of overclassification. J. William Leonard was the ISOO director, or what is sometimes called the “classification czar,” from 2002-2008. In that role, he was responsible to the President of the United States for oversight of classification policy and enforcement of classification standards throughout the executive branch. In 2010, Mr. Leonard became an expert consultant for the defense of Thomas A. Drake , the former NSA official who was charged with ten felony counts alleging unlawful retention of classified information. But the government’s case collapsed and all of the felony counts against Mr. Drake were dismissed last year. In Count One of the indictment again...

Full article: http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2012/05/drake_leonard.html

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