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Friday, August 02, 2002
 
Atrios points to this article, that says the FBI is requesting intelligence committee members in both houses to take lie detector tests to find out who leaked certain information about the 9/11 attacks.

Investigators are trying to determine who leaked information to CNN about communications in Arabic that made vague references to an impending attack on the United States. The communications were intercepted by the National Security Agency on Sept. 10.

An intelligence source later told The Associated Press they contained the phrases, "Tomorrow is zero hour" and "The match is about to begin."

The intercepts weren't translated until Sept. 12.

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White House spokesman Ari Fleischer has called the disclosure of the language "alarmingly specific."

"The selective, inappropriate leaking of snippets of information risks undermining national security, and it risks undermining the promises made to protect this sensitive information," he said.


Geez, all that work we did trying to find out what these people are up to is down the drain, now that they know we're trying to listen to their conversations. We'll never be safe again.

What a load of garbage. US intelligence would prefer to screw up in secret, thank you.