A Closer Look at the CIA Leak Case24:43

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The polygraph machines are out at the CIA in a tough crackdown on leaks and leakers. First to go - fired last week for allegedly leaking word of secret American prisons abroad - was Mary McCarthy, 61, a veteran intelligence officer.

McCarthy worked more than twenty years for the CIA, including very senior positions at Langley and the White House. She knew the rules. But after Abu Ghraib, McCarthy allegedly leaked news of US secret "black site" counter-terrorism prisons.

Supporters call her a whistleblower and hero. Critics call her a villain. Her bosses have fired her, and the fallout is still coming.

Hear about the Mary McCarthy story, leaks, whistleblowers and the CIA.


John Diamond, national security correspondent USA Today

James Bamford, investigative journalist and author of "The Puzzle Palace"

Robert Turner, Associate Director, Center for National Security Law and professor of law at the University of Virginia

John Radsan, professor of law at
William Mitchell College of Law, From 2002-2004, he was Assistant General Counsel for the CIA

Senator Kit Bond, (R) Missouri, member of the Senate Intelligence Committee

Sibel Edmonds, Director of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition

This program aired on April 24, 2006.